Gratitude Matters


JM ensenada worship 2015Psalm 118:1 Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.

This weekend officially begins one of the most universal holiday seasons on the planet. For those with patience to notice it begins in our country with a day of thanksgiving. I invite you to think more deeply about importance of giving thanks. If you do it can take your life to a whole new level.

Rom 1:21 For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened.

There is much to consider here. Let me cut to the chase. I believe when we genuinely value and trust the presence of Christ as our source of life, our hearts will respond in gratitude. On the flip side, when we look to our own strength or lesser gods to make our live work we will sink into a cesspool of disappointment, frustration and inevitably ingratitude. This is why Moses warned his people to NOT FORGET THE LORD when things were going well for them. When we forget that life comes from God, we come to the wrong conclusion about where our blessing came from.

The condition of our gratitude says something about the condition & focus of our faith. The Bible is full of calls to praise the Lord with gratitude. It also contains a couple of serious warnings. 2Timothy warns that in the last’s day’s people will become ungrateful. This seems like the least significant on that list until we connect it with Romans 1 where we learn that failing to honor God with gratitude actually leads to a darkened heart! What is the condition of your heart today? How are you with the gratitude test?

It is no mistake that the psalms call us to enter God’s presence with gratitude and to honor Him with gratitude. Philippians commands us to rejoice in the Lord always. In the end any significant focus on the presence of God should lead to gratitude. No matter how else you celebrate this weekend, I hope you will gather with your spiritual family to express gratitude to our True Father. We will take extended time to share praise this weekend at Parkview. I hope to see you there.

Ps 100:4 Enter His gates with thanksgiving And His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him, bless His name.

Ps 95:2 Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving, Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms.