Entering with Thanksgiving and Praise

Many Christians enter into Sundays with false premises.  It is of little doubt that these false premises adversely affect our worship of God.  Consider two false ideas we have of God’s day.

First of all, many believers enter into worship considering that Sunday is an ending, believing the week courses through a seven-day crash course from Sunday-to-Sunday.  That Sunday is not the last day of the week, but the first, is a point necessarily made.  God did not give Sunday to the church as an ending but a blessed beginning.  Sundays commence wonderful things in our hearts.  We come together for the purpose of being built up to do the work of the Lord during the six days of the week that follow.

Secondly,  we fail in how we approach God’s court.  David said in Psalm 100,  “Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands.  Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing.  Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.  Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.  For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.”

I have often heard it said, “God sure did smile upon us.”  By that I believe people have the idea that the worship service was solely designed to make us happy.   Errant ideas abound, suggesting that the purpose of worship is to happy our spiritual condition, so sullied by worldly pursuits and pressures throughout the week.  It is this idea that gives many believers the “Move me if you can” mentality.  There they are, obediently assembling themselves with the Church, but void of joy and happiness, and, worst of all, never doing what they came together to do- worship!

Instead, why do we not enter into God’s presence as the Psalmist David suggested?  Instead of looking to God to smile upon us in the service, who do we not obey the Scriptures in coming before God with smiles of thanksgiving, joy, praise and gratitude?

ALL THAT IS NECESSARY FOR THE HAPPINESS OF THE CHRISTIAN EXISTS BEFORE HE EVER ENTERS INTO WORSHIP AT THE HOUSE OF GOD.

The sacrifice of God’s Son has already been accepted as full payment for our sins. We have been forgiven!

The Scriptures both inspired and preserved are the joy and rejoicing of our hearts.  We have been fortified and instructed!

The song of praise resides in our heart.  We have been redeemed!

What a service we would have on each Sunday if we entered into it realizing that God wants to begin a glorious work in our week and that the service does not exist to make us happy but to reflect the happiness we enjoy in Christ seven days a week!  By doing so, we might discover a glowing smile on our face, a holy hand lifted to God and a heart-felt “Amen” flowing from our lips.

 

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