Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise;
give thanks to Him and praise His name.
How beautiful to go to the temple of the Lord, and minister to Him. To see the visible place of His dwelling surely caused the praise and thanksgiving to rise up spontaneously in each worshipper. In Old Testament times, the priests even lived in the temple, the closest place to Him on earth. What joy to be counted among those who were set apart for this service! And we have this kind of access to Him 24/7 because His temple is our heart, He live in us! In considering how this verse applies to our present reality, I was brought to this thought: to "enter His gates" today means to pause, consider, and acknowledge that
1) He is in His temple
2) we are that place and
3) "entering in" means to be present to this truth and
act in awareness of His constant presence with us!
During this season, I am praying to be daily more aware of this incredible truth that the Living God, the Creator of the Universe has made His home in my heart...and the implications of this.