Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.
Starting with verse 4 (“Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name”) I think it’s important to define God’s “courts” that the psalmist writes of. This psalm could be easily talking about how we will be joyful beyond all measures when we enter Heaven, but I see the psalm applicable here on earth as well since at the beginning the psalmist says that we -all the earth- should shout to the Lord. So if we are applying this psalm to our lives here and now, God’s “courts” would be his creation: the earth. No matter where we go we should be shouting for joy to the Lord, worshiping Him with gladness, singing Him joyful songs, and always being thankful for what he’s given to us.
So we shouldn’t just be thankful on Thursday, on the holiday stuffed between Halloween and Christmas. We should be thankful all year round wherever we are with whatever we have.
We should be thankful because the Lord is our God. He made us, fashioned us together in our mother’s womb, and therefore we belong to him. We are his children, and all the things we do should be for God with joy and thanksgiving in our hearts. We should be thankful because God’s love endures through all the ages. He was faithful to Mary and Joseph. He was faithful to Moses and Abraham. He was faithful to our parents. He is faithful to us. He will be faithful to our children, their children, and on and on until he returns to earth.