1 Shout triumphantly to the Lord, all the earth! 2 Serve the Lord with celebration! Come before him with shouts of joy! 3 Know that the Lord is God— he made us; we belong to him. We are his people, the sheep of his own pasture. 4 Enter his gates with thanks; enter his courtyards with praise! Thank him! Bless his name! 5 Because the Lord is good, his loyal love lasts forever; his faithfulness lasts generation after generation.
- Psalm 100:1-5 CEB
God has given us so much to be thankful for. Even in the darkest of times we still have every reason to express our gratitude to God. The measure of our gratitude must be based on "who" He is and not on what He does or doesn't do. The reason so many turn their hearts away from God, when trials come, is because they are not focused on the greatness of who He is but rather on what they believe God should or shouldn't do. Remember to focus your attitude of gratitude on the greatness of God and not what you have or don't have. His love for you is sufficient. It is filling and sustaining. Allow it to be enough.
The Psalmist, in Psalm 100:1-5, is very clear on how we are to live with an attitude of gratitude.
1. Remember that our praise, our shouts of joy, must be greatest for the Lord. He, and He alone, is worthy of our greatest praise. Come before the Lord with SHOUTS of praise! What are you shouting for friend? Are your shouts, your exhortations, greatest for the Lord or some other temporary security or enjoyment? Let your greatest praise be for the Lord.
2. Serve the Lord with celebration. Many of us, through service in the church or as an ambassador for the Lord in your daily walk, serve but do we serve in celebration. Whatever the job or task that the Lord puts before you serve it with gladness and joy. Remember that we do not serve man but in everything we serve the Lord. How is your attitude of service?
3. Don't forget to thank the Lord for the blessings you receive. As a parent myself, many times all I want in return from my children is a simple thank you. Our Father in Heaven desires the same of His children. When is the last time you thanked the Lord for His provision, Hie security, His love. Remember, we have so much to be thankful for. Go to the Lord with an attitude of gratitude and thank Him. He has been so, so good to us. He deserves our greatest praise and our thanks.
During this Thanksgiving week, take time to be with the Lord. Take note of the blessings around you. Take inventory of all that you have. You'll find that much (if not all) is a result of the Lord. Then, take action. Do something for someone else. Share the love of Jesus with others this week and know that your acts of kindness and gratitude do not go unnoticed by the Lord.
I would love to pray for you this week and lift up your concerns and petitions before the Lord. Message me how I can pray for you.
Many blessings this Thanksgiving!