Words from the Heart for Monday October 9th, 2017
Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise. Give thanks to him, bless his name. For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.
Psalm 100:4-5 (NRSV)
Enter His Gates
When we bring our thanksgiving to the Lord, we are coming to the One who is good. His love can be trusted and does not change. Take time today to speak out your thanks to Him. He is worthy of all our praise.
Canada Gate forms part of the Queen Victoria Memorial scheme in London, England. An entrance to the Green Park, one of the four Royal Parks in central London, the gate was presented to London by Canada (then the senior Dominion of the British Empire) as part of a vast memorial scheme dedicated to Queen Victoria, who died in 1901. The gate is in the same style as those of Buckingham Palace and bears the emblems of the seven Canadian provinces of the time.
The people of Israel still love to enter the gates of Jerusalem and do so with great joy and celebration. I was in Jerusalem this past January and it was Thursday, a popular day for weddings in Israel. As we entered the gates of the city, we saw three different wedding parties entering as well, to the sounds of instruments playing and songs being sung and shouts of joy being raised. It reminded me of the words of the Psalmist in Psalm 13:14: “Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise. Give thanks to him, bless his name. For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.” On this Thanksgiving Day, we have plenty of opportunity to enter His gates with thanksgiving. There are likely no physical gates where you live. But the picture here is simply that of entering into the presence of Almighty God to offer our thanksgiving to Him, and to bless His name. As followers of Christ, we can do that anywhere and at any time. Canadians have set aside time today to offer words of thanksgiving to our God. Take time to do so.
These have been words from the heart.