by Dr. John H. Skilton
Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. - Psalm 100:4
1Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands.
2Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing.
3Know 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.
4Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
5For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.
Let us enter the house of the Lord today with thanksgiving. In the words of the psalmist, we will "forget not all His benefits." Has He not forgiven all our iniquities; has He not many a time healed our diseases? Has He not redeemed our life from destruction and crowned us with loving-kindness and tender mercies? Has He not satisfied us with good things? Truly His mercy is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear Him, and His righteousness unto children's children. We have seen the goodness of our God in the land of the living. We have tasted and seen that the Lord our God is good. With thanksgiving and with joy, we, the redeemed of the Lord, can enter into His gates and proceed into His courts with praise.
We do not, therefore, come to the service of worship in a lifeless, formal, and merely routine way. We do not enter the house of God as mere spectators at a performance. We come with an eagerness to unite with our fellow believers in heartfelt worship. We truly love Him who first loved us. We wish to tell Him so in our hymns and our prayers. We earnestly desire to learn more about Him, to hear His Word read and proclaimed, and to receive His blessing. In all things we wish to glorify and enjoy Him whose name alone is excellent and who is God, even our own God.Welcome to "Think on These Things," a twelve-week daily devotional prepared by the late Dr. John H. Skilton, an ordained minister in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church and for many years Chairman of the New Testament Department at Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia.