give thanks to him and praise his name.”
When the psalmist scripted these words, he had a tangible image in mind. The temple.
To enter the temple, one passed through the gates, to the outer courts, and then to the inner courts. This led to the holy of holies, the very presence of God, only permissible once a year by one priest alone.
The sojourn begins with thanksgiving.
First the Old Covenant. Then the New.
The sacrifice on the cross renders the veil in shards. His presence now envelopes every believing soul.
Offering thanks still takes us through another gate, an invisible but ever so real passage. It’s the beginning, like a small tide, leading to praise, a rolling wave, swelling to worship, experiencing His presence.
Could thanksgiving still bring us to a place where His presence is more palpable?
My small tide . . .
11. a quiet weekend on the horizon
12. larks singing outside my window
13. misty mornings in May
While reading One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp, I started keeping a list of the things I am thankful for. What are you thankful for today?
Ann Voskamp continues her thoughts on thanksgiving every Monday at aholyexperience.com.