With what attitude do you enter a worship service?

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With what attitude do you enter a worship service?

“Enter his gates with thanksgiving: go into his courts with praise. Give thanks to him and bless his name.

For the Lord is good. His unfailing love continues forever, and his faithfulness continues to each generation.”

Psalm 100:4
If thou wouldst thus leave thy heart with God on Saturday nith, thou shouldst fint it with him in the Lord’s day morning.

Puritan preacher Geroge Swinnock

Giving thanks for God’s goodness

Imagine yourself entering the gates at the entrance to the temple alongside a throng of people gathering to praise the Lord. As you near the courts of the temple, you are swept up in the words of this prayer uttered by all those around you: “Enter his gates with thanksgiving…” This prayer functioned as a call to worship for people entering the temple. It helped the people to focus their thoughts on God and his good gifts to them. It set a tone of thankfulness for the worship service that would follow.

Let the words of this prayer focus your thoughts on God’s goodness to you. Come into his presence with thanksgiving and praise on your lips.

A prayer for today…

Dear Lord, I enter into your presence with thanksgiving and praise, for you are good…

From The One Year® Book of Bible Prayers edited by Bruce Barton(Tyndale) entry for November 26

Content is derived from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation and other publications of Tyndale Publishing House

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