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:

Psalm 103:1-5

1Praise the Lord, my soul;
    all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
Praise the Lord, my soul,
    and forget not all his benefits—
who forgives all your sins
    and heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the pit
    and crowns you with love and compassion,
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.

Psalm 100:4-5

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.

Enter His Courts with Praise

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