Psalms 100:4 - Thanksgiving and Praise.

Psalms 100:4 (KJV) Enter into his gates with 
thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful 
unto him, and bless his name.  


The Password
   Gratitude draws us near to God. Praise 
for his beauty, love, and loyalty settles us in 
his house. We can't see his beauty directly, but 
we can see it in the beautiful and good things 
he has made. His generosity in love means that 
he showers us with it far beyond what we 
deserve or even imagine. His loyalty means that he 
will never withdraw his love for us. The apostle 
Paul says, "Give thanks in all circumstances; for 
this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus', (1 
Thessalonians 5:18). The reason we can be thankful in all 
circumstances is that God himself doesn't change. 
   The God who made billions of stars as 
beautiful and powerful as our sun actually wants us to 
become comfortable with the generosity he lavishes 
on us. He wants us to awake every day to the 
wonder that he has made us, preserves us in safety, 
and provides for our needs. He wants us to 
marvel at his generous gift of Jesus as a sacrifice 
to rescue us from death. 
   The password to his heart is "Thank you."
   A few minutes of saying thank you every 
day will give you a taste of Gods beauty, 
all-generous love, and loyalty. [The Daniel Plan 365-Day 

   Life is always less than perfect, so 
there's always something to complain about if we 
want to. But the Bible says, "Do everything 
without grumbling or arguing" (Philippians 2:14). 
Why? Because the negativity snowballs if we 
entertain it. On the other hand, if we focus on the 
things we have to be grateful for, we enter God's 
gates with thanksgiving. 
   In The Daniel Plan we encourage you to 
write down at least three things you're grateful 
for every day. Writing them down for even a 
couple of weeks can measurably increase your level 
of happiness and contentment. It's also helpful 
to tell someone what you're grateful for, 
especially if it's something they have done. Saying 
thank you uplifts both of you. And if there's a 
concrete way you can show your gratitude, like doing 
something for someone else or giving a gift, that will 
root you even deeper into the fertile soil of 
   If we meditate on what we're grateful 
for, we will supercharge our moods and have a far 
richer experience of God's powerful presence. [The 
Daniel Plan 365-Day Devotional] 

The Attitude of Gratitude
   In the rich garden of virtues, gratitude 
is not only the soil but the sunshine and the 
rain - it is that vital. Gratitude is 
thankfulness no matter what. It is the ability to take a 
status report and then make a list of blessings. 
While not blind to problems, concerns, and 
deficits, it is the gift of being thankful for what we 
have rather than complaining about what we don't. 
   Chester W. Nimitz was selected as 
commander of the United States Pacific Fleet just 10 
days after the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 
7, 1941. On Christmas Day 1941 Nimitz toured 
the terrible destruction in the harbor. Eight 
battleships, three cruisers, four destroyers, and five 
additional ships and one drydock of the Pacific Fleet 
had been sunk or badly damaged. Aircraft damage 
included 188 destroyed and 159 damaged. The raid had 
killed 2,403 people (including 68 civilians) and 
wounded 1,178. U.S. forces had been whipped badly. 
Dejection, despondency, despair, and defeat filled 
every face. Afterward someone asked Nimitz for his 
thoughts. His reply was optimistic and upbeat, 
pointing out that the enemy had made three huge 
mistakes: 1. The attack on Sunday morning meant most 
of the military personnel were ashore, so 
casualties were comparatively light. 2. All the fuel 
for the Pacific theater was still available, 
because they hadn't thought to include fuel storage 
tanks in the attack. 3. All but one of the 
drydocks for ship repair were unscathed. Most of the 
sunk or damaged ships were repairable, and, 
sitting close in shallow water, they could be back 
in business quickly.  
   Scientific research studies focusing on 
gratitude and reports of wellbeing are getting 
definitive and consistent results. In one study by 
Emmons and McCullough (Journal of Personality and 
Social Psychology 84, no. 2 [2003]: 377-389), those 
who wrote down their gratitude experiences daily 
enjoyed "higher levels of positive effect" and were 
more likely to help others or offer emotional 
support than those who journaled problems or neutral 
issues. The gratitude group also accomplished more 
of their personal goals. They also reported 
higher levels of positive states," such as 
enthusiasm, determination, and energy.  
   Lord, my heart bursts with gratitude to 
You. First You gave me life, then You let me know 
about Your love and gift of salvation and 
protection from evil; and to top it off, You have given 
me friends, family, and food to make the heart 
glad. What more could I ask for? [God of Wonders 
by David Steen] 


   There is so much pain, noise, and 
confusion in our earthly lives that we can find it 
difficult just to breathe. We face control issues, 
power struggles, political battles, dishonesty, 
family disagreements, arguments, crying, pain, 
grief, pride, abuse, stubbornness, withdrawing, 
addictions, bruises, disappointments, perfectionism, 
fear, anxiety, worry, corporate ladders, 
overwhelming responsibilities, taxes, debt, backbiting, 
despair, cheating, mistrust, betrayal, stress, 
relapse, lying, moral failure - the list is 
   Fortunately, God's Word says that he 
himself gives breath to everything and satisfies 
every need. When I feel totally overwhelmed by 
life, I often read Psalm 23 aloud:  
   The LORD is my shepherd, I lack nothing. 
He makes me lie down in green pastures, he 
leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my 
soul. He guides me along the right paths for his 
name's sake. Even though I walk through the darkest 
valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; 
your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You 
prepare a table before me in the presence of my 
enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup 
overflows. Surely your goodness and love will follow me 
all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the 
house of the LORD forever.  
   When our souls are restless, we must take 
time to rest in the lap of our King Jesus. No 
matter what noise we are battling, we can always 
find quietness in his presence.  
   Heavenly Father, I come to you ready to 
give you everything I have, everything I am. 
Thank you for helping me find quietness in the 
midst of the noise. In Jesus' name, Amen. 
[Celebrate Recovery Daily Devotional by John & Johnny 
Baker re Acts 17:24-25] 


   Thankfulness opens the door to My 
Presence. Though I am always with you, I have gone to 
great measures to preserve your freedom of choice. 
I have placed a door between you and Me, and I 
have empowered you to open or close that door. 
There are many ways to open it, but a grateful 
attitude is one of the most effective.  
   Thankfulness is built on a substructure 
of trust. When thankful words stick in your 
throat, you need to check up on your foundation of 
trust. When thankfulness flows freely from your 
heart and lips, let your gratitude draw you closer 
to Me. I want you to learn the art of giving 
thanks in all circumstances. See how many times you 
can thank Me daily; this will awaken your 
awareness to a multitude of blessings. It will also 
cushion the impact of trials when they come against 
you. Practice My Presence by practicing the 
discipline of thankfulness. (Psa. 100:4; 1Th. 5:18) 
[Jesus Calling by Sarah Young] 

   Let thankfulness rule in your heart. As 
you thank Me for blessings in your life, a 
marvelous thing happens. It is as if scales fall off 
your eyes, enabling you to see more and more of 
My glorious riches. With your eyes thus opened, 
you can help yourself to whatever you need from 
My treasure house. Each time you receive one of 
My golden gifts, let your thankfulness sing out 
praises to My Name. "Hallelujahs" are the language 
of heaven, and they can become the language of 
your heart.  
   A life of praise and thankfulness becomes 
a life filled with miracles. Instead of trying 
to be in control, you focus on Me and what I am 
doing. This is the power of praise: centering your 
entire being in Me. This is how I created you to 
live, for I made you in My own image. Enjoy 
abundant life by overflowing with praise and 
thankfulness. (Col. 3:15; Acts 9:18; Rev. 19:3-6; Psa. 
100:4) [Jesus Calling by Sarah Young] 


Psalms 100 - Praise and Thanksgiving to 



If anyone has a paraphrase, commentary or 
testimony on this passage of Scripture, either 
personal or otherwise, I would be interested in 
hearing from you.  Thanks in advance and let's keep 
uplifting Jesus that all might be drawn to Him. Fred 


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