Coming to Church with a Thankful Heart (1 of 3) by Ken Trivette

Coming to Church with a Thankful Heart (1 of 3)
Series: A Thankful Heart
Ken Trivette
Psalm 100

Outline
1. THE PLACE GOD'S PEOPLE ASSEMBLE
a) The Expectation That Is Involved
b) The Participation That Is Involved
2. THE PERSON GOD'S PEOPLE ADORE
a) The Ageless One
b) The Almighty One
3. THE PRAISE GOD'S PEOPLE ASCRIBE
a) Personally Expressing Our Thanks
b) Publicly Expressing Our Thanks

1. For the next few weeks I want us to think about being thankful. Shakespeare said, "O Lord! That lends me life, Lend me a heart replete with thankfulness." If there is anything a Christian ought to be, it is thankful. Vincent De Paul was right when he said, "We should spend as much time in thanking God for His benefits as we do in asking them."

2. The Bible has much to say about being thankful. In 1 Chronicles 16 we have what is called the "Song of Thanksgiving." Verse 34 says, "O give thanks unto the LORD; for He is good; for His mercy endureth forever." The place that thanksgiving should have in our life is beautifully expressed in how David appointed two men, Herman and Jeduthun, to continually be giving thanks before the Ark of the Covenant. Thanksgiving should be a perpetual and continual practice in the life of those who are saved.

3. Today I want us to look at Psalm 100, which has been affectionately referred to as Old One-Hundred. The Psalmist is describing a public offering of thanksgiving. I want us to glean from the Psalm some truths about how we should come to Church with a thankful heart.

4. First, we are reminded of:

1. THE PLACE GOD'S PEOPLE ASSEMBLE

1. In verse 2 we are told to "come before His presence with singing." We are told to come, but where are we to come? We read in verse 4 that we are to "enter into His Gates" and "into His courts." The scene is of the Jewish people coming to the Temple to offer the sacrifices of thanksgiving to the Lord. Psalm 100 was actually used in the offering of Thanksgiving. The Temple was that sacred place that bore the name of God and we find God's people assembling together at the Temple to worship the Lord.

2. As I think of this assembling of God's people, I think of:

A) The Expectation That Is Involved

1. This assembly, or their coming together, was commanded by God. There were specific feasts they were to observe and the command of God had been given that the people were to come together to celebrate these annual feasts. The word "come" is a call for assembly. It is a call to obey the command of God to assemble together as the people of God.

2. Why do we come to Church? There are many reasons why we come such as our need to attend Church as a Christian. Someone may say, "I don't have to go to Church to become a Christian." That is true, but you will never be a strong and growing Christian if you do not ...


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