Psalms 100:4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving; go into his courts with praise. Give thanks to him and praise to his name.
Every time I read this I think.... God could take us at any time the only way to enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise is to be in a constant state of thanks and praise. I praise and thank God more all the time... but, I have not reached that place where it is constant. When the trees fell in our yard during the storm I thanked God when I saw the branches laying against my sliding glass doors...I was so thankful that they didn't come through!... But I was not thanking God while I was huddled in the laundry room waiting for the storm to pass. This was a time that I knew that something could happen to me... yet I was not praising and thanking God. When I get to heaven I want to enter His gate with thanksgiving and His courts with praise. I want to be the child of God that God wants me to be. God wants me to be constantly thankful... constantly praising Him. Just think how our lives would change if we would live just this verse!