Psalm 100 – Enter His Courts With Praise
Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise. Give thanks to him and bless his name. (Psalms 100:4)
The author of Psalm 100 is talking about going to the temple to worship God with fellow believers. For the last three months we’ve been living in Psalm 42, unable to worship God together. As that Psalmist cried out, “I remember this as I pour out my heart: how I walked with many, leading the festive procession to the house of God, with joyful and thankful shouts. Why, my soul, are you so dejected? Why are you in such turmoil?” (Psalms 42:4-5). When he was downcast, he looked forward to church, but for some unknown reason he couldn’t join God’s people.
What do you look forward to when you’re downcast? Maybe a big purchase that will distract you for a while. A new outfit, gadget, or car. Maybe you start planning your next vacation when you’re downcast, spending all your time on TripAdvisor. Maybe you look to the next episode of the show you’re binging, or the next drink you’re consuming. But when the Psalmists were downcast, they wanted to be with God’s people so they could worship, praise, and celebrate. Because the people of God point us to the hope of God in a way that nothing else in this world ever can. When we’re by ourselves, we usually just spiral deeper and deeper into despair. So if it’s safe for you, come back and join us at church this Sunday, and enter God’s courts with God’s people to offer praise and thanksgiving!