“Let the righteous be joyful; let them exult before God; let them be jubilant with joy! Sing to God, sing praises to His name; lift up a song to him who rides upon the clouds; His name is the Lord, exult before Him.” — Psalm 68:3 & 4
Remember who God is. He is the Lord who rides upon the clouds. We have read that we must enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise. If we desire to commune with God, we must begin with thanksgiving and praise. We must set aside the burdens and worries of the day as we give thanks and joyfully sing praise to Him. Yes, He cares about every part of your life and about your heart and every concern that you have. Since the Bible makes it clear that He cares for us and about us, we can lay our burdens down. Think of your time with God as though you are visiting a friend (What a friend!). You would not rush into your friend’s home and immediately begin listing all of your troubles and your requests for help. Instead, you would greet your friend joyfully and let them know you are glad to be in their presence. Later in your conversation, there will be time for deeper sharing. When you choose to express thanksgiving and joyful praise first, you demonstrate that you trust the heart of God and know that He is already aware of everything in your life. You are deliberately coming into God’s presence as someone who loves and cares for Him and is mindful of His infinite love and care for you.
NO MATTER WHAT OTHERS MAY DO I WILL SERVE THE LORD