Pas. 100:4 ¶ Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
and his courts with praise!
Give thanks to him; bless his name!
There is nothing worse than lukewarm praise. If you think about it, the Lord put up with all sorts of sin when He was here on earth. He had former tax collectors, prostitutes, religious zealots, and all sorts of scoundrels following Him. He was patient and always brought mercy and love. His love changed their lives. Then there was the way He treated the religious crowd. He was furious at their lukewarm worship. How could someone be apathetic about this majestic God. It seems that that is the one sin that stands out above all others on God’s radar. He doesn’t allow apathy. That’s why David was a man after God’s heart. David was passionate and demonstrative in his worship. David appreciated the presence of God. Today, we have all been given access into God’s very presence. How do we draw near? Through faith in the blood of Jesus and worship that comes from a pure heart. Check out Spurgeon’s thoughts on today’s verse.
“In all our public service the rendering of thanks must abound; it is like the incense of the temple, which filled the whole house with smoke. Expiatory sacrifices are ended, but those of gratitude will never be out of date. So long as we are receivers of mercy we must be givers of thanks. Mercy permits us to enter his gates; let us praise that mercy. What better subject for our thoughts in God’s own house than the Lord of the house. And into his courts with praise. Into whatever court of the Lord you may enter, let your admission be the subject of praise: thanks be to God, the innermost court is now open to believers, and we enter into that which is within the veil; it is incumbent upon us that we acknowledge the high privilege by our songs. Be thankful unto him. Let the praise be in your heart as well as on your tongue, and let it all be for him to whom it all belongs. And bless his name. He blessed you, bless him in return; bless his name, his character, his person.”
So it’s time to worship God. Put off all of your excuses, draw near with a full heart. Let’s enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise. This is the new and living way that Paul spoke about in Hebrews. Let’s draw near today.