Verse 1 – Make a joyful shout to the Lord, all you lands!
Verse 2 – Serve the Lord with gladness; come before His presence with singing.
Because of what all Jesus has done for us, shouldn’t we enter His presences with a joyful heart?
Verse 3 – Know that the Lord, He is God; it is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; we are His people and the sheep of His pasture.
I think, sometimes people forget whose they are. 2 Timothy 3:1-5 says, (1) But know this, that in the last days, perilous times will come. (The word perilous means difficult and dangerous times.) (2) For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful , unholy, (3) unloving, unforgiving, slanders, without self-control, brutal, despiser of good, (4) traitors, headstrong, haughty (arrogant), lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, (5) having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away.
When we forget who created us and all that surrounds us, and who we belong to, then we become one or all of these things listed above. Without Christ, people don’t care whether or not its right or wrong, they just do it!
Verse 4 – Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.
Verse 5 – His mercy is everlasting and His truth endures to all generations.
God’s mercy never runs dry. He never comes up short on His goodness. Look what Psalm 8:11 says – For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord will give grace and glory; No good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly.
Grace in abundance to get through, mercy because we do mess up, and love that is everlasting from generation to generation. That’s why we enter His presence with thanksgiving and praise, for He is worthy.