"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
A most beloved and oft-quoted verse, and rightfully so. I love this verse and regularly sing it to God as part of my personal worship. You know the song since the words are almost literally from the scripture:
Enter into his gates with thanksgiving,
And into his courts with praise;
Be thankful unto him, bless his holy name;
For he is good, his mercies eternal;
His truth endureth to all generations.
Reading this verse always leaves me with an overwhelming, awestruck gratefulness for God's eternal faithfulness and love for me. And not just for me, but for all generations, past and future - faithfulness to all my ancestors, and the exact same faithfulness to every descendant to come - something that becomes more meaningful to me now that I am becoming a grandfather for the first time.
This attitude of gratefulness is the attitude I want every time I come before the Lord in prayer. And considering what I said yesterday, I guess it's the attitude I want to have all the time, since I aspire to pray at all times.
Lord, I do enter your gates today and every day full of thanksgiving and praise for your faithfulness. Even though I have never earned it, you are faithful to me - you are there for me when I turn to you even when I don't deserve it. Your love for me is staggering. I love you, Lord.