February 17, 2019
When King David had messed everything up in his life he stopped and wrote Psalm 51. It is a declaration of a changed heart, a plea for forgiveness, and desire to be restored, and an expression of thankfulness and praise. Our Scripture today says, “O, Lord open my lips, and my mouth will declare your praise.” (Psalm 51:15) How could you praise God today and how can you develop a more grateful heart to God?
1 Check The Facts
A grateful heart sees each day as a gift from God. It is like a magnet sweeping over your day, collecting reasons to be grateful. It thanks God for the miracle of muscles that enable your eyes to read these words and your brain to process them. It thanks God for lungs that inhale and exhale about twelve thousand quarts of air every day. It thanks God for a heart that will beat about three billion times in your lifetime, and a brain that is like an electric generator hooked to a super computer of power and intelligence. It thanks God for the bread for your sandwich and the milk on your cereal. For the covers that warm you in your bed and the humor that cause you to smile and laugh in life. For the thousands of planes that did not crash today. For the men who love their wives and children and the women who are faithful to their families and husbands. And especially for kids who in spite of tremendous pressure from the world to dishonor and disobey their parents, decided not to do so.
Now tell me, what are you grateful for today?
How could you praise God for His faithfulness to you?
2 Check Your Attitude
Rejoicing over the good stuff is what gets you through the hard stuff. The Bible says, “A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.” (Proverbs 17:22) Gratitude is an attitude you choose, not a reaction to your circumstances. “On the night He was betrayed, the Lord Jesus took some bread and gave thanks to God, He broke it.” (1 Corinthians 11: 23-24) Note, the words betrayed and thanks are in the same sentence, and in the same heart. On the night Jesus was betrayed, He gave thanks. And you can do that when you know God is in control, directing your steps, and working everything out for your good.
What determines your attitude?
Do circumstances control your thought life?
I believe we need to develop an attitude of gratitude unto the Lord!
3 Praise & Thanksgiving
Every time we open our mouths our lips should declare His praises. How can we grow stronger in our thankfulness and praise to the Lord? I can assure you it will not come from the world news. It will not come from worldly sources or secular people. Praise and thanksgiving comes from within your heart that is totally submissive and surrendered to the Lord. The Word says, “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.” (Psalm 51:10) Why not pray for a clean heart and a right spirit daily in your walk with God. I believe you and those around you will be blessed!