1 Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.
2 Worship the Lord with gladness;
come before him with joyful songs.
3 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.
List all of the commands in verses 1-3:
How many of these commands could you check off as having "completed" today?
Why is it important for us to "know" the details in verse 3? What difference does knowing these details make in our lives?
4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving
and his courts with praise;
give thanks to him and praise his name.
5 For the Lord is good and his love endures forever;
his faithfulness continues through all generations.NIV
List all of the command in verses 4-5:
This psalm could have originally referred to a time when God's people gathered together in the Temple on Mount Zion. If you were to apply this idea to your context, what would it mean to "Enter his gates"?
Who led you to faith in God? Who led that person (or those persons)? Who led them? Who led them? How many generations has God revealed himself to in order to invite you to know him also?
::::: Praise of Generational Transference :::::
Take some time to thank God for being faithful across the generations. Praise Him for people you know that have impacted your faith. And praise God that you can participate with him in raising another generation to know Him.