“Before you go out into the world, wash your face in the clear crystal of praise. Bury each yesterday in the fine linen and spices of thankfulness.” Charles Spurgeon
Every morning, I have a choice to make. I can either wake up and thank God for everything He’s given me, or I can choose to grumble and complain about the things I don’t have.
This is often a difficult choice because many times I don’t naturally wake up thankful. But God’s will for His people is that they “give thanks in ALL circumstances.” (1 Thessalonians 5:18)
God commands me to be thankful, because He knows what a grateful heart does to a person: “A joyful heart is good medicine…” (Proverbs 17:22) Gratefulness produces JOY. I can choose to enjoy God’s good gifts and thus, experience great happiness in my life, or I can choose to complain and grow discontented, thus ruining my spiritual (and physical!) health. As Proverbs 17:22 continues, “…a crushed spirit dries up the bones.”
“The heart that is constantly overflowing with gratitude will be safe from those attacks of resentfulness and gloom that bother so many persons.” A.W. Tozer
So how can I cultivate a grateful heart? The Bible gives us some ways that we, as His people, can put a thankful heart into practice.
- Pray: “Oh give thanks to the Lord; call upon His name; make known His deeds among the peoples! 1 Chronicles 16:8 – David made a continual practice of talking to God as we can most evidently see in the Psalms. I have found, that whenever I stop, and truly thank God for the good and difficult things He has placed in my life, my countenance starts developing more and more into a grateful and joyous spirit.
- Sing: “I will give to the LORD the thanks due to His righteousness, and I will sing praise to the name of the LORD, the Most High.” Psalm 7:17 – A lot of the hymns have been written from a heart filled with gratitude for the work of Christ. Just read the first couple of lines from Amazing Grace: “Amazing Grace, How sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me” – John Newton wrote these words from a deep sense of thankfulness from what God had saved him from. Often, when I start a habit of listening to and singing hymns throughout the week, my heart naturally begins to feel great gratitude for my spiritual and physical life.
Singing and praying to God are ways He has taught us in His Word to show forth our gratitude. I have found, that the more I give thanks in my prayers and the more I give thanks in my songs, the more joy fills my heart.
So, today, I want to choose gratitude; want to join me?
“The Christians’s life should be one of thankfulness to God.” Charles Spurgeon