Make a joyful shout to the Lord, all you lands!
Serve the Lord with gladness;
Come before His presence with singing.
Know that the Lord, He is God;
It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves;
We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.
Enter into His gates with thanksgiving,
And into His courts with praise.
Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.
For the Lord is good;
His mercy is everlasting,
And His truth endures to all generations.
I witnessed a testimony the other day, and it wasn’t at church. I witnessed one of my friends have a “when I think on the goodness of Jesus” moment in the lobby of our apartment building. And yes, it made me think. It made me think about something my mom told me once — that I should keep a journal of thankfulness. I feel like if grad school has made me better at one thing it’s complaining. I’ve mastered the art of whining about the difficulties of my chosen path. And it is hard. I’m not discounting that at all. I’m also so blessed to be here. I’m blessed to be able to study what I love at one of the nation’s top institutions.
Psalm 100 is a psalm of praise. It’s a call to magnify God and to exalt him. It’s the Old Testament version of “when i think on the goodness of Jesus.” It’s a reminder to be thankful. It’s a lesson in how we ought to approach God. I heard someone say that if you’re breathing then you have something to be thankful for.
It’s something I’m going to do more of in 2017.
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