An Attitude of Gratitude


Thanksgiving Day in our country has come on and gone for the year 2018. But as Christians we need to remember that thanksgiving is not just a day with us…it is a way with us. God expects us to have an attitude of gratitude which is not always easy to maintain, because so many things go against the grain. It is hard for us to stay focused, when the cares of life are trying to choke us. It seems so much easier to concentrate on the things that are stressing us, rather than on the way God is blessing us. But if we will simply pause to think, we will have cause to thank. In other words, if we will meditate we will appreciate. If we will take time to think, we can have a mind that thanks. Psalms 100 is:

A Psalm of Thanksgiving
Make a joyful shout to the Lord, all you lands! Serve the Lord with gladness; Come before His presence with singing. Know that the Lord, He is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; We are His people and the sheep of His pasture. Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting, And His truth endures to all generations. Notice that this Psalm of Thanksgiving emphasizes the:

1. RESPONSE of the Thankful
a. Make a joyful shout.
b. Serve with gladness.
c. Come …with singing.
d. Enter …with thanksgiving.
e. Enter…with praise.
f. Be thankful.
g. Bless His name.
h. In other words, have an attitude of gratitude.

2. RELATIONSHIP of the Thankful
a. It is He who has made us.
b. We are His people.
c. The sheep of His pasture.
d. He created us (made us). He claims us (His people). He cares for us
(sheep of His pasture).

3. REASONS for being Thankful
a. For the Lord is good.
b. His mercy is everlasting.
c. His truth endures.
d. We thank Him for His goodness (Lord is good), His grace (His mercy), and
His guidance (His truth).

Here are some things that we can always be most thankful for:
1. Thanks be to God…for His indescribable gift! (2 Cor. 9:15)
2. Thanks be to God…who always leads us in triumph in Christ. (2 Cor. 2:14)
3. Thanks be to God…who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
(1 Cor. 15:57).


Wayne Dunaway 11/23/18

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