“You can pass through his open gates with the password of praise. Come right into his presence with thanksgiving. Come bring your thank offering to him and affectionately bless his beautiful name!” (Psalms 100: 4, the Passion Translation)
Use your password! Get into that wonderful space of grace and goodness, contentment and joy. The gate is open to this heavenly place when we enter with praise. It’s through our celebration of God, of goodness, of Love, that we can feel that peaceful presence and safety and prosperity.
Let’s not stand outside the door, feeling locked out, or banging on it with our complaints and fears and sense of lack. Gratitude gets us in without delay. This thankfulness is our key and it fits best when we also warm it up with our affection. Resentful or obligatory thanks isn’t enough. Words without feeling, even reverence without love, can’t open our minds and hearts to the good that is ours to enjoy.
We can honor God, good, by recognizing that we do have access to all that God has. We are not separate from Life or Love or goodness. These ideas are within us and around us. As we cherish the qualities of God, claim their presence rather than arguing for their absence, our eyes are open to what is real, abundant, and rightfully ours.
Praise God Who loves you and invites you warmly in, through those open gates and into joy!
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