Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth!
Serve the LORD with gladness!
Come into his presence with singing!
Know that the LORD, he is God!
It is he who made us, and we are his,
we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
and his courts with praise!
Give thanks to him; bless his name!
For the LORD is good;
his steadfast love endures forever,
and his faithfulness to all generations.
The manner in which we approach God is significant. No matter the circumstances, entering the presence of God by means of thanksgiving and praise helps us to rightly acknowledge that God is good. And God will continue to be good because love is intrinsic to his character.
Perhaps there are days or extended periods of time in which we do not feel like God is good. Chronic people problems; continued bouts of physical or emotional pain; out of control situations with no resolution in sight; these and many more realities may cause us to question God’s goodness, much less give us reason to praise his Name.
But here is where this psalm needs to be as familiar and common to us as putting on our shoes in the morning. Saying the psalm aloud on a daily basis, despite how we feel, is the kind of spiritual medicine we need to alter our sour dispositions and change the face of our bitter attitudes. We could even declare the psalm multiple times in the day – not in a legalistic or magical sense as if it were some rabbit’s foot to ward off evil – but in the manner of allowing biblical truth and right theology to slowly and deliberately sink down deep in our souls.
Lord God Almighty, I praise your glorious Name! You are always good and your love endures forever! May my character and my life reflect your grace operating within me. Help me to have an attitude of thanksgiving in all circumstances. To the glory of Jesus I pray. Amen.