“Jerusalem—built as a city that is bound firmly together, to which the tribes go up, the tribes of the Lord, as was decreed for Israel, to give thanks to the name of the Lord. There thrones for judgment were set, the thrones of the house of David.”
—Psalm 122:2-5 ESV
In these verses the Psalmist explains what they will do when they arrive at the destination of their pilgrimage: give thanks to God.
As Psalm 100:4 (NIV) declares, “Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise.”
I have no idea what hardships you may be facing today, but I can say this with confidence: God is worthy of our gratitude.
The simple fact that he has made it possible for us to know him is worth more thanks than we could give him in a thousand lifetimes.
The very ability to embark on this pilgrimage to the place of his presence is a gift.
Take a moment today to thank him.
Not just for what he has done, but for who he is.
Here is a simple prayer to carry with you today:
Exhale: Thank you.
P.S. If you haven’t seen it yet, I recently posted an article about the practice of Biblical Meditation, explaining what it is and how to do it. You can check it out here!