Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands. Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing. 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. Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.—Psalm 100
When the believer is abiding in the joy of the Lord, gratitude is sure to follow. Joyfulness and thanksgiving fit like a glove. Where you find one, you will find the other, yet one must come before the other.
In Psalm 100 we find the order in which this must occur. ATTITUDE must come before GRATITUDE! To properly understand any passage of scripture one must always study it verse by verse. In order to gain the result of verse 4 one must understand the principle of verses 1-3. The goal of thankfulness is a very worthwhile goal. Each believer should strive to be more thankful but it will be impossible unless we have joy deep inside of our souls. The root of knowing God and rejoicing in who He is and what He is doing in and for us will produce many wonderful things in our lives, one such product will be gratefulness.
As we grow in our knowledge of the Lord we get to know His heart and as we do we will begin to be secure in His love allowing us to trust him in His deep work in our lives. The more we trust Him the more we rejoice in Him. The more we rejoice in Him the more we thank Him!
If you are like me you often need a Gratitude Adjustment! What we really need is an Attitude Adjustment!
And that attitude adjustment is always needing made toward the Lord God Himself.
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Terry has been the Senior Pastor of Liberty for 28 years. He and his wife, Karen, have 4 children, 10 grandchildren, and 1 spoiled dog named Cooper.