This is a great Thanksgiving post from Unlocking the Bible.
By Colin Smith
Psalm 100:4 says,
Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.
Why are we to enter the gates of the Lord with thanksgiving and his courts with praise? One reason given in this psalm is, “for the Lord is good” (Psalm 100:5).
This conviction that God is good goes to the very foundation of Christian faith. A Christian is somebody who has come to the conclusion, not just that God is good, but that God is good to me. Christians believe this even though our eyes are wide open to the difficulty of life, the pain and suffering of the world, and the presence of evil.
There is a song you may have heard that has the line: “Life is hard, but God is good.” That is what a Christian believes. Other people have chosen to say that life is good, but God is hard. They see God as a blemish in an otherwise good world. But Christians are convinced that it is we who have blemished God’s universe. Life is hard, but God is good.
When you have grasped that God is good, you will “enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise.”
Let’s remind ourselves of the goodness of God, so that our hearts may be prepared for thanksgiving. The goodness of God is demonstrated in more ways than we can number. We’ll identify just three of them.