I have a choice to make every day. Will I focus on what is in front of me, or will I look beyond? Will I get mired in the mud and muck of my current situation, or remember what is coming? What is promised to me? Will I enter His gates with praise and thanksgiving or with complaining and irritation?
My friend, Jule, recommended the Gods and Kings series by Lynn Austin, and I’m loving it. As I read yesterday, part of Psalm 103 was part of the story. And I was struck by the truth of the words:
1Praise the Lord, my soul;
all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
2 Praise the Lord, my soul,
and forget not all his benefits—
3 who forgives all your sins
and heals all your diseases,
4 who redeems your life from the pit
and crowns you with love and compassion,
5 who satisfies your desires with good things
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
Why I Can Enter His Gates with Thanksgiving…Every Day
I am forgiven. Completely. Always. I praise Him for forgiveness. My holy God, loves me so much, He forgives. And forgives. And forgives. When it seems life is hard, when I don’t understand what is going on, when all I see is dark, He are there. He is light and goodness. He has redeemed my life from the pit and crowned me with love and compassion.
When I look up, out of the pit, away from my circumstances, I am renewed like the eagles. I can soar, singing a song of praise to You.
4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving
and his courts with praise;
give thanks to him and praise his name.
5 For the Lord is good and his love endures forever;
his faithfulness continues through all generations.