by Macy Johnson
“Enter His gates with thanksgiving and
His courts with praise;
give thanks to Him and praise His name.”
(Psalm 100:4 NIV)
I read Psalm 100 my mind transports me back to May, 1990. Parents and
grandparents were seated in the crowded lunchroom of the elementary school. The
lights dimmed and we watched in expectation as my son walked to center stage, leaving
his kindergarten classmates on risers behind him.
unabashed confidence, Alex asked the audience to please rise for the Pledge of
Allegiance. My heart swelled with pride and tears soon followed as he asked the
audience to remain standing for the presentation of the 100th Psalm.
recited the verses perfectly, “Make a joyful noise unto the Lord.” He caught my
undivided attention when he spoke the following words more deliberately, “all…
ye… lands…” He continued, “Serve the Lord with gladness; come before His
presence with singing. Know ye that the Lord He is God.”
close of the Psalm, Alex stood tall and announced, “Let us pray.” I don’t
remember the prayer that evening at my son’s kindergarten class graduation at
Pensacola Christian School, but on Thanksgiving Day morning I recalled that celebration
and many others I am thankful for.
I asked my
heavenly Father to reveal Himself to me more clearly. His response via a
devotional by (in)courage came, “A posture of gratitude can shift our perspective
and our hearts to see God in the present moment.” It is through thankfulness
and humility that we see our Lord.
is not restricted to the fourth Thursday of November. It is a way of life. It
is the attitude of gratitude - seeing God in every tiny detail of every moment
of every day.
recall and remember all my blessings and be thankful. I hope you will, too!