Psalm 100:4-5 – “Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. 5 For the LORD is good; His mercy is everlasting, and His truth endures to all generations.” NKJV
Although we are extended an invitation in Hebrews 4 to “come boldly to the throne of grace…” I contend that there is biblical protocol for coming into God’s presence as there is for entering the presence of an earthly potentate or ruler. Yet, we sometime seem to give me care to how one comes into the presence of an earthly king or ruler than the Creator of the Universe. I find that interesting and disturbing at the same time.
I am convinced part of this flippant attitude toward God is partially rooted in the desire to make Jesus our buddy and God is nothing more than “Big Daddy” or “The Man Upstairs” rather than fully recognizing His Omnipotence, Omniscience and Omnipresence. HE IS GOD and who He is deserves and demands proper reverence and recognition. God wants us to be at ease in His presence but He also wants us to be conscious of His Holiness.
The Psalmist gives us a process by which we should come into the presence of God and it is worth time to consider even briefly.
- Enter His Gates with THANKSGIVING.
If we come before God ‘thankful’ we will at the same time be incredibly conscious of His Divine Sovereignty. We will be conscious of His Covenants, Promises and the demonstrations of His acts of love, mercy and grace. If we are anything less than truly thankful we will not regard Him properly. Therefore the first step in entering the presence of God is “A Thankful Heart.”
- Enter His Courts with PRAISE.
This is impossible unless we recognize Him in His Divine Fullness. He is God the Everlasting One the Creator of All Things. He is the provider of our redemption. He is the extender of Mercy and Grace. He is the Door. He is the Way, Truth and Life. His Name is above all Names and He is worthy to be praised. A thankful heart can freely offer praise for it has a proper perspective of the object of the praise.
If we enter the Gates of God’s Presence with THANKSGIVING and come into His Presence with PRAISE we will find that He is GOOD, His mercy truly EVERLASTING and His TRUTH infallible and unfailing. Upon those foundations we can offer our petition to Him confident that we are there pleasing to Him and demonstrating a proper heart condition that allows the Holy Spirit to mold and shape our character and guide our steps into the right paths.
We sometimes make God a supermarket or Amazon and want to quickly place our order and run but if we were to approach an earthly potentate we would NEVER take that approach. We would follow all protocol and exhibit proper respect and honor for that ruler before broaching our petition and once the petition is offered and that potentate has rendered a decision we would continue to follow protocol and give proper respect, praise and thanks. Dare we do less with God and should we not do even more toward the LORD GOD ALMIGHTY?
In fact if we are THANKFUL we will find that PRAISE flows naturally from that heart and we will appreciate His position, person and power as well as the provision. God help us to never forget that He is I AM THAT I AM.
God bless you as you go through this day!