MORNING DEW: 14/09/2019
THEME: GIVE THANKS TO THE LORD
TEXT: PSALMS 100:1-5
- Shout to the LORD all the earth!
- Serve the LORD with joy. Come before him with a joyful shout!
- Acknowledge that the LORD is God. He made us and we belong to him; we are his people and the sheep of his pasture.
- Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise. Thank him and bless his name,
- for the LORD is good and his gracious love stands forever. His faithfulness remains from generation to generation.
WHAT IS THANKSGIVING?
An expression of gratitude or a public celebration in acknowledgement of divine favour is thanksgiving.
Showing gratitude to someone’s good gesture to you is a normal phenomenon. It is in order when you say “thank you” after you have received a kind gesture.
David’s early life was full of troubles. From one trouble to the other. His troubles began in his own house, then the palace. And even becoming old one thinks he could have had some rest but no, his own children did not give him rest.
Yet he was still grateful to God for the good and the troubles he encountered.
“Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise…”
Most of us enter His gates with ungrateful hearts. We think that there are certain things we are still battling with in life so there is no need to give Him thanks since He refused to do it for us.
We think that God has not done so much for us, hence He doesn’t deserve our thanks. But one thing we have forgotten is the life we have. Having life means all things are possible. Having life is enough to give Him thanks.
Your life is more than cash in your bank account. Your life is far more than having properties of all kinds. David, at the time he was a shepherd boy, was not mad at God. At the time king Saul was fighting him, he never cursed God. At the time his own children raged war against him, he never blamed God.
We blame God and blaspheme for every negative happening in our lives. Cultivate a grateful heart and always give thanks to Him whether the situation is good or bad.
It pays to be thankful.
“In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” (1 Thessalonians 5:18).
A grateful heart is a blessed heart, therefore give me a grateful heart Lord to always thank you.