Psalm 100:4

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25 November, 2022



PSALM 100:4

Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.


There are many types of kings. If you have played many video games, watched many medieval period movies or studied much history, you will be familiar with many of the stereotypes. There's the tyrannical king, the kind of ruler you avoid as much as possible because drawing his attention was never a positive thing. If you ever had to enter his courts you would do so with fear and trembling. There's the 'puppet' king, the ruler who doesn't do anything on his own but is manipulated by friends and advisors. If you were entering his courts you probably had some kind of scheme ready to impress the him so he'd give you what you want. There were kings known for conquering other nations, kings like Solomon, known for their wisdom and integrity who were sought out for advice

If you were lucky, you might be ruled by a benevolent king. One who ruled by taking care of his citizens, using his armies to protect them, using his funds to feed and supply them with all their needs. You could go into the courts of this kind of king and take concerns and petitions confined of getting a hearing and if you had legitimate concerns, often get what you asked for.

Our God goes one better. Jesus came as a servant king. All the benefits of a benevolent king but he goes one further, he takes care of our deepest needs before we even asked. Jesus came to live and die in our place so that we could be freed from the consequences of our sin. This is the kind of king we acknowledge with thanks and praise for meeting our every need before we even recognise that need for ourselves. So enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise!