Context around ‘Enter His Gates’
Psalm 100 is a call to worship. No one knows the author of this Psalm, but it is called a “Psalm of Praise.” There are lots of amazing truths compacted into this five-verse song. In verse one, we see God’s call to all nations to come to Him. Yes, He called the Israelites to be His special people, but God’s intention has always been to invite all nations into His love.
Furthermore, we come to God in gladness, not in fear. We respect our God, but we come to Him with joy because there is happiness in salvation. We have the joy of the Lord before us and we can serve Him with our lives in gladness. Why? In Psalm 100:3 it says we can know God because we belong to Him. We are not “self-made” we are created by a loving, good Creator.
There is joy and contentment in knowing God and being known by God. We are His sheep…meaning we are His possession and so deeply loved.
Will God not care for us? Will God not show His goodness to us, whom He saved and loved? Is this reason enough to enter His gates with thanksgiving? The author of Psalm 100 seems to think so, and I believe we can too.
Come to Jesus
In Matthew 11:28, we read how Jesus repeated a similar phrase. He said, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” In John 11, Jesus refers to Himself as the “gate” as well. Do you want to find God? Seek Jesus. If you are struggling with how to come to God in all of your pain, come to Jesus.
Jesus bore our sorrows, not just on the cross, but in His life. He was thirsty, hungry, rejected, lonely, and tired. God has given us His Son to show us we can come to Him with praise because there is rest in the praising. In Jesus, we come to worship the Father—and in the worshiping, we find true rest.