Posted by: Larry Hoekman | June 22, 2016

Great Chapters in the Bible — Psalm 100

Day 2400: Another Psalm 100 repost!

Scripture:  I should enter His gates with thanksgiving and go into His courts with praise!  I am to give thanks to Him and bless His name!  Psalm 100:4

Thoughts/questions:  In the Old Testament, the temple had gates and courts where the Jews worshipped.  Today, we are in God’s presence 24/7, but we still need to ‘enter’ into experiencing His presence as a conscious decision.  And when we do, it should be characterized by thanksgiving and praise!  However, when we talk with Him (pray), our words are often filled with requests, not adoration or gratitude.  God desires our requests; however, consider praising and thanking before asking!!!   It is said that being thankful and being depressed are like darkness and light – when one is present, the other is not.  If/when you start feeling down or depressed, take the time to get alone and speak out loud the many things you are or should be thankful for.  Write them down and use this technique whenever sorrow or depression attempts to overtake you.

Bless – not a word we often use in our culture.  One definition of bless is ‘to confer a desirable quality on somebody.’  As God is referred to by many names each with a specific meaning, to bless His name, we simply have to state those names as we ‘confer that desirable quality onto Him!’

Here are some of them!  El Shaddai – Lord God Almighty; Adonai – Lord and Master; Jehovah-Raah – The Lord My Shepherd; Jehovah Rapha – The Lord Who Heals; Jehovah Shammah – The Lord Is There; Jehovah Tsidkenu – The Lord Our Righteousness; Jehovah Mekoddishkem – The Lord Who Sanctifies You; El Olam – The Everlasting God; Jehovah Jireh – The Lord Will Provide; Jehovah Shalom – The Lord Is Peace!!!

Now, bless His name, by speaking these qualities about God.  Pick one or two (or maybe all of them) and speak them (you may want to use the English definition of the name) and then expand on what that quality means to you as you give a blessing to the living God of the universe!!!  While doing this, I know you will also give thanks to Him with praise as a natural result of speaking His desirable qualities!

Suggested prayer:  (Today’s prayer is your ‘blessing His name’)

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