“Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands. Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing. Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath 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 unto him, and bless his name. For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.”
In this well known Psalm we find the recipe for a thankful heart:
“Serve the Lord with gladness”
There is serving the Lord, and then there is serving Him with gladness. We should be full of joy, not because of who we are, but Who we serve.
“Know ye that the Lord he is God”
We forget sometimes that we serve the Lord, the Almighty God, the Creator of the universe. In all the chaos of life we can tend to focus on the things and people around us instead of the One Who created us all.
“Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise”
Thankgiving and praise go hand in hand. One cannot be truly felt without the other. When we thank Him, we praise Him. When we praise Him, we thank Him. Having our hands full of thankgiving and praise is a great way to approach His throne of grace.
“be thankful unto him, and bless his name.”
We can bless the Lord by coming to Him with a thankful heart.
Instead of focusing on being thankful during the Thanksgiving season, make an effort to carry a thankful heart into each day. Why? “For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.”
A thankful heart rests in the fact that the Lord is Good, His mercy everlasting, and His truth dwells throughout every generation.
Ezekiel 27-28 | Mark 11 | Psalm 117
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