Here is another great piece from our “47 Days of Prayer” booklet. Jane is a leader and teacher in our body, and a great blessing to all who know her.
A Psalm for Thanksgiving.
Shout joyfully to the LORD, all the earth.
Serve the LORD with gladness;
Come before Him with joyful singing.
Know that the LORD Himself is God;
It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves;
We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.
Enter His gates with thanksgiving
And His courts with praise.
Give thanks to Him, bless His name.
For the LORD is good;
His lovingkindness is everlasting
And His faithfulness to all generations.
Psalms 100:1-5 NASB
One day during the presidency of Abraham Lincoln a woman was brought into his office. Lincoln noticed she carried a basket and he asked her what he could do for her. She replied that she wasn’t there to ask for anything. She simply had heard that he was fond of cookies and she had baked a basket full for him. As the president listened, his eyes welled up and he said, “Your thoughtfulness and unselfish deed moves me. Thousands have entered this office but you are the first to enter asking for nothing.”
I wonder how God would like us to enter His presence. Psalm 100 invites us to approach Him with shouts of joy. Why? Because He is God. He has created us and those who trust Him belong to Him forever. That’s cause for celebration! The Psalm continues to tell us what pleases God as we enter His presence. We are to come thanking and praising Him because He is good-all the time, and because His love and mercy are always available, regardless of our circumstances.
Why don’t we, like the woman in the story, enter God’s presence where our only agenda is to show gratitude, love and awe for all He’s done for us.
by Jane Marshall, PBC Home Group Leader