Psalm 138:1- I will give you thanks with all my heart.
A thankful heart. Do you have one? David had a thankful heart toward God. God himself described David as a man after God's own heart.
As people of God, we can give thanks with a thankful heart because we have confidence and hope that God will work everything for our good just like He said He would. We know without a doubt that our God will turn every tragedy, disaster, hurt and pain into a blessing in due season if we do not faint and give up.
With a thankful heart we are able to put God's perspective on our situations and circumstances.
A thankful heart is the key to joy overflowing and peace that surpass all understanding.
Let's look at a picture of a thankful heart in the story of the 10 lepers Luke 17:15 -One of them, when he saw that he was healed, came back to Jesus, shouting, “Praise God!” 16- He fell to the ground at Jesus’ feet, thanking him for what he had done.
Like the one leper that came back to tell the Lord thank you, we too should show our gratitude to the Lord for all He has done for us and the many blessings He has bestowed upon us over and over again.
Another example of a thankful heart is Paul and Silas who were in a Philippian jail under false charges. Even in the midst of false charges, bleeding back, stocks on their hands and feet, they still had a thankful heart for scripture declares that in the midst of their suffering, vs#25- Around midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening.
Paul and Silas thankful heart in the midst of circumstances that appeared to be an opportunity for an unthankful heart brought about salvation of the jailer and his entire household.
What has your thankful heart revealed to others? Can they see Christ through it?
I must admit, we live in a thankless society. Many today feels as they they are owed something. What we need to realize is that we are entitled to nothing! Everything we have comes as a blessing from God and we should be thankful to Him for it.
With a thankful heart, we are reminded that God is our true source.
A thankful heart is where the spirit of God lives and reigns with thanksgiving.
When we truly possess a "thankful heart" we have no problem with putting the priase, glory and honor where it is due. It is God who is the source of all good and perfect gifts.
David makes a great statement in this text for he says "I will praise thee with my whole heart. In other words, David was saying that I will praise God with every fiber of my being for He alone is worthy of it.
Psalm 9:1 - I will praise thee, O Lord, with my whole heart; I will tell of thy marvelous works.
Psalm 11:1 - Praise the LORD: I will give thanks to the Lord with all my heart, in the company of the upright and in the assembly.
From this day forward, let us be like the leper and Paul and Silas. Let us daily live with a thankful heart to God for this is His will concerning you and I in Christ Jesus.
Psalm 100:1-5 -Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands. 2-Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing. 3- 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.4- Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. 5- For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.
Having awaken this morning in your right mind, eyes to see, ears to hear, feet to walk, mouth to talk with, you have millions of reason on today to have a heart that is overflowing with thanksgiving to God.
I will give you (God) thanks with all my heart. Is this your heart desire on today? Then do it!
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