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A Heart of Gratitude

Psalm 100 – 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.

What a beautiful outpouring of praise and thanksgiving from the psalmist! What a wise and fitting response on this Thanksgiving day :).

Know – Verse 3 holds the key to all of this rejoicing, doesn’t it? The psalmist knew – he had perceived it, received it, and acknowledged that God was truly his Source. And he belonged to the Lord. What a mind blowing revelation! God On High, Creator God had made this mere man His dear possession.

“It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; We are His people…”
Do we know this today? Let this truth settle in your heart.

Come – Weary? Hurt? Broken? Come! Everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come buy and eat! (Is. 55:1) As we come before His presence we are never left wanting. We are full of His Spirit and reminded of His love. He makes our heart to sing!

“For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting,
and His truth endures to all generations.”
What burden do you need to give to The Lord right now so that He can replace it with  joy and singing? What lies need to be exchanged for His truth?

Serve – It is out of the awareness of His presence we find a joyful desire to serve Him. With gladness of heart, we recount all that He is and all that He’s done. As a result we are renewed in strength to serve Him daily.

“Serve the Lord with gladness…”
Has your service to God lately been out of duty or intimacy? Duty breeds weariness and a lack of desire; intimacy breeds life and gladness. Take time to renew your intimacy with the Lord today.

Make – With a heart now full of thoughts about his God, the psalmist makes his joyful proclamation. He becomes a thankful, praise-filled witness to God’s goodness to all who hears.

“Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise.
Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.”
What will your proclamation be to friends, family, and all whom you encounter this Thanksgiving?

A heart of gratitude is inevitable when we can take our eyes off of ourselves and circumstances and turn our gaze to the Amazing God. Truly this man had encountered the Lord and saw with the eyes of his heart the Lord’s goodness, mercy, and truth. As we remember all the ways the Lord has displayed these things to us in His kindness, let us respond sincerely in the same way!

Happy Thanksgiving! Happy rejoicing in the Lord!

“[Gratitude] is one of the chief ways that God infuses joy and resilience into the daily struggle of life.” – Nancy Leigh DeMoss, Choosing Gratitude

“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

 

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