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Saturday, March 10, 2012


Psalm 100:4

"Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name." NIV

"Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise; be thankful unto him, and bless his name." KJV

As we enter into our place of worship, are we prepared in our hearts to praise and worship God Almighty, who gives us the privilege of openly worshipping Him? Do we stand around in small clusters of friends and acquaintances exchanging the latest news and happenings? Are we just sitting waiting for the service to start so we can get into the "mood" to worship? Our hearts are already to be praising and thanking God for who He is and all He has done for us. Entering the sanctuary should be a definite experience of being in the very presence of the Lord. The worship service does not begin when the pastor steps up to the podium or the music begins to play. It begins in our hearts before we ever leave home. We are to come into His house with hearts already worshipping.

Heavenly Father, forgive us for our complacency in coming to Your house for worship. We have failed to acknowledge that there are many around the world who do not have this privilege or freedom. We forget that Jesus Christ paid the ultimate price for us to be able to come right to the very throne of grace. Forgive us Lord. Fill our hearts with thanksgiving and praise before we reach the house of God so that our hearts will be in communion with You and we will receive what You long for us to have. We pray in Jesus' name, Amen.

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Bobbi Craigmyle, Psy.D., BCPCC
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