Enter his gates with thanks;
enter his courtyards with praise!
Thank him! Bless his name!
How thankful are you?
What do you have that you are thankful for? What possessions? What people? What experiences? What has brought joy to your life?
You may think of many things. List them on a piece of paper, or share them in the comments. If you can’t think of anything, take a moment to consider: Are you focused on the wrong things? Are you so overwhelmed by negative experiences that you cannot be thankful for what you do indeed have? Do you love coffee? Do you love ice cream? Be thankful for those things! Even the simplest experiences and most commonplace objects can be a perfect occasion for thanksgiving.
Next time you enter a place of worship, bring with you those things in your life that you are truly thankful for. Tell God what they are. Give thanks. This simple act will transform your experience in worship. Though it may be only a trickle at first, it will turn on the faucet of joyfulness in your life and may eventually grow into a flood.
God, help me to know you as you truly are,
and to experience you in fullness of joy. Amen.