1 Shout with joy to the Lord, all the earth!
2 Worship the Lord with gladness.
Come before him, singing with joy.
3 Acknowledge that the Lord is God!
He made us, and we are his.
We are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving;
go into his courts with praise.
Give thanks to him and praise his name.
5 For the Lord is good.
His unfailing love continues forever,
and his faithfulness continues to each generation.
This Psalm has long encouraged me in my preparation to come and worship on a Sunday and it’s simply found in verse 4.
Enter into his gates … – The gates which lead to his temple, or to the place of public worship.
Into his courts … – The “courts” were literally the open spaces which surrounded the tabernacle or temple. It was in these that worship was celebrated
The mention of” gates” and” courts” points primarily to the temple worship, but the reference may also be, “typical or metaphorical” as well as literal, so can be interpreted to extend to all believer and to all places of worship.
What important to me is that the Psalmist encourages the reader to come to the place of worship (through the gates into the courts) WITH thanks and praise.
Our worship does not begin when we start singing tomorrow, we carry with us the presence of God and we bring our heartbeat of worship with us ready to exercise as a church family.
Bring your worship tomorrow at church – for He alone is worthy!
Prepare well to worship Him and see you in church tomorrow!