"Enter into His gates with thanksgiving and a thank offering and into His courts with praise! Be thankful and say so to Him, bless and affectionately praise His name! For the Lord is good; His mercy and loving-kindness are everlasting, His faithfulness and truth endure to all generations."
~ Psalm 100:4-5 Amplified~
There are times I love to pray the scripture from Psalm 100, but then I forget which one comes first...courts or gates....haahaa! Then today, I got this great visual as I went to the Word and prayed this out. I believe the Lord gave me this analogy, "Teresa, before you can enter someone's gated property, you must first go through the open gates. As you proceed through the entrance of the gates, you are grateful that they let you in. As you enter in with gratefulness, you are able to enter into their courts.
"Father God, In the Name of Jesus by the power of the Holy Spirit, I am thankful You have allowed me into your beautiful gates. Lord, as I enter into your courts, I am overwhelmed by Your Majesty; entering into your courts all I can do is praise You; for You are Awesome Glorious, Majestic and beyond words to articulate my awe of You Father. Thank You Father, Thank you. I rejoice in You O Lord!"