Yesterday as I was preparing for church I was reminded of a song I had written during a “blue” period entitled “Thank You.” Odd title when you’re going through it, huh? During service, Psalm 100:4 was quoted and I caught it and saw it….”Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him and bless His name.” I saw myself entering through those gates and approaching the Holy of Holies where the presence of the Lord was contained in that day. I recognized the need to enter in; the desire to get lost in His presence, but knew before He made a move (though He was hovering) I must make the first move, by inviting Him in with my praise and with thanksgiving. He inhabits the praise of His people and while His people offer praise and thanksgiving, the enemy is brought to a standstill.
This morning I woke up with thanksgiving in my heart and when I sat down in my prayer area, before my daughter could fill my ears with requests for the day, I closed my eyes and just began to thank Him. I thanked Him for those things I take for granted; things I forget to thank Him for…my vision…my hearing…my sense of smell, taste, touch. I thanked Him for my husband who after 25 years still pursues me; for my children who honor me; for my family who loves me; for my friends who celebrate me. I thanked Him for my church, my Pastors (past and present); my home, which is more than a house with stuff in it. I thanked Him for His word which is so rich and powerful, unchanging and everlasting. I then began to intercede as the Holy Spirit led. I never asked for a thing for myself. He knows me and knows what I have need of today. Today my time was set apart to thank Him first….to bless Him first. He is so worthy to be praised!
To the One who sits enthroned above the heavens
To the One who was and is and is to come
To the One and only God You are so worthy to be praised
I thank You Lord, thank You, thank You Lord
You are the lifter of my head
My defender, my strong tower
You cover me with Your mighty hand
And when I’m weak I am made strong
by Your love and by Your power
Thank You Lord….thank You, thank You Lord