I love this psalm. There is a great exercise that you can do with it that really speaks to your relationship with God. I did it this morning and had a wonderful experience.
Give yourself 20 -30 minutes to get all the way through it, and please consider sharing your thoughts with the rest of us.
First, get somewhere comfortable and clear your mind.
Read the psalm slowly and take a couple of minutes to think about it.
Read it again, and focus on any words, images or phrases that speak to you.
Read it again a third time and pray to God that He would reveal to you what that experience would be like.
What will it be like for you to enter the gates of heaven? What emotions will you feel? Who do you expect to see? What will it be like to look Jesus Christ in the eyes?
Ask yourself, “Am I ready today for this encounter?” What is your response? Pay close attention to your emotional response. What is your body revealing to you? Is there joy welling up in your soul, or is your stomach tied up in knots? How is your breathing? Is it calm or labored?
Our bodies can many times speak more loudly than our minds can. Listen to what your body is telling you about your feelings regarding your own salvation and have that conversation with God.
A psalm of thanksgiving.
1 Shout with joy to the Lord, all the earth!
2 Worship the Lord with gladness.
Come before him, singing with joy.
3 Acknowledge that the Lord is God!
He made us, and we are his.
We are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving;
go into his courts with praise.
Give thanks to him and praise his name.
5 For the Lord is good.
His unfailing love continues forever,
and his faithfulness continues to each generation.