A Password? To Enter God’s Presence? Seriously?


There we were, in my cousin’s playhouse when there came a knock on the door. The three of us giggled until finally my older cousin peeped through the keyhole and whispered, “What’s the Password?” No one gained entrance into the “Girl’s Club” without the correct password.

If life was still that simple when it comes to passwords. Now they’re a necessary evil to say the least. I love the cartoon I once saw that showed the father looking down at his son holding the family’s new puppy and saying, “Son, pick an easy name for one day it will be your computer password.”

So true! How many of us have used, or are still using, some form of our pet’s name, including all the required captial letters and symbols.

In our world of technology and multiple devices, we have so many passwords, and variations of the same password, that it’s easy to forget one. At least there’s the familiar FORGOT PASSWORD? tab close by to click and retrieve it.

But what about a password to enter into God’s presence?

Is there such a thing? Maybe so.

The King James Version, the Bible version in which I memorzied Psalm 100:4 says, “Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.”

In reading Psalm 100:4 from The Message, it reads, “Enter with the password: “Thank you!” Make yourselves at home, talking praise. Thank him. Worship him.”

I’ve never thought about having a password to enter into God’s presence — but it makes sense. We should enter into His presence with thanksgiving on our lips and in our hearts. We should enter with “Thank you!”

This may seem like an easy task, but what about the times we run to our heavenly father with a need, with sorrow, or great worry. Are we thanking Him as we enter in or just barging in with our list of things for Him to do or situations for Him to take care of the way we want Him to take care of them?

But we should enter in His presence with thanksgiving, for we read in 2 Thess. 5:18, “In EVERY THING give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus, concerning you.”

Next time you want to praise God and enter into His presence, remember the password. I can assure you that when you understand this truth, you won’t be using the FORGOT PASSWORD? tab. It will be forever in your heart.

A heart of thanksgiving!

PASSWORD:    Thank You!

Psalm 100—A Thanksgiving Psalm

“On your feet now—applaud God!
Bring a gift of laughter,
sing yourselves into his presence.

“Know this: God is God, and God, God.
He made us; we didn’t make him.
We’re his people, his well-tended sheep.

“Enter with the password: “Thank you!”
Make yourselves at home, talking praise.
Thank him. Worship him.

“For God is sheer beauty,
all-generous in love,
loyal always and ever.” (The Message)


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scripture from the King James Version and The Message



Beth Fortune

Beth has a passion for God's Word. Through her writing and speaking she allows the heartbeat of the Father to flow through her words. As an award-winning writer she’s a contributing writer with Christian Devotions and has had stories published in two "Chicken Soup For the Soul Book" Series in addition to other anthologies. Some of her articles have been published in Focus on Family’s "Thriving Family" magazine and Dr. Charles Stanley’s "In Touch" magazine. With a degree in Ornamental Horticulture she loves gardening and enjoys giving gardening talks to churches, schools, and community groups but her real enjoyment comes from sharing God's truths and encouraging others. She and her husband live in Mauldin, SC where they are in a season of caregiving for her father-in-law in the home. A diffiult season, but one in which God continues to show His grace. You can visit her at www.bethfortune.net.

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