Thank You, LORD! (Psalm 107:1-2)
Psalm 107:1-2, O give thanks unto the Lord, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever. Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy;
How often we fail to thank the Lord for His goodness and mercy to us. It should always be upon our lips. It always has been (and always will be) the duty of God’s people to testify of His goodness. We, the redeemed, have an obligation to open our mouths before others of the goodness of God to us. He certainly delivered Israel from the hands of their enemies. To this day, God delivers His people from the attack of the devil. Lord, thank You for saving my soul!
When we are grateful for the people in our lives, things God has blessed us with, or the circumstances we find ourselves in, it creates a spirit of thankfulness within us. However, when we pick apart, the family and friends who are beside us, find displeasure with the things we have, or find fault with our circumstances, it creates a spirit of discontent. What’s wonderful about being grateful is that things in our life don’t have to change for us to be grateful. We can simply change our perspective by finding gratitude in our present circumstances, whatever they may be. As a result, we will live a life with thankfulness. We should be thankful to the Lord for our family.
I Thessalonians 5:18, In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. That thankfulness comes from the sincere place of gratefulness, in which, that gratefulness precedes gratitude that we find in every area of our life. Sure, we may have challenges with those we love; we may desire to live better and do better. But the truth is, God gives us more when we prove to Him that we are faithful and grateful with where He has us. If we can’t be grateful in our small house, how are we going to be grateful living in a larger house with larger expenses?
Often, we complain about fuel prices. Consider those who don’t have a car. Many of us dread doing laundry every week. Well, instead of dreading the laundry, how about while you’re folding the clothes, you thank God for the clothes you have. How about thanking God for your family who is alive and well for you to do laundry for? What about cleaning the house? We don’t think there’s a single person who finds joy in cleaning the toilets, but when we change our perspective and choose to thank God for providing a roof over our heads and that we’re not living on the streets; then we will gladly clean the toilet. What about having to get up every day and go to work. Sure, we would all like to pursue our dreams, hit the lotto, or retire. But instead of complaining that you have to get up and go to work, thank God that you have a job and you are not unemployed.
Psalm 100:1-5 teaches us that every night we have the opportunity to thank God for protecting us during the day. Every morning, we have the privilege of waking up to thank God for another day to fulfill His purpose for our life.
1. Be Heard! – Make a joyful noise unto the Lord (Psalm 100:1)
2. Be Happy! – Serve the Lord with gladness (Psalm 100:2)
3. Be Humble – Know the Lord has made us, and not we ourselves (Psalm 100:3)
4. Be Holy! – Enter His gates with thanksgiving (Psalm 100:4)
5. Behold! – The Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generation (Psalm 100:5)
PRAYER: When I say “Thank You,” Lord, help me pause long enough to really mean what I’m saying. Help the attitude that should trigger those words be a more constant part of my character. Show me where I’m most lacking in gratitude and give me strength to give You genuine thanks for those trying places. And I will be forever grateful, in Jesus’ name, Amen.
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