Walking In True Thankfulness
I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds. Psalm 9:1
As a parent, there have been many moments I felt “used.” With each child bringing their list of wants for their birthday or everyday life, I wonder if they really appreciate me or just love what I do. Surely, if I make them happy enough, I am greeted with a “thank you” from my older children. My younger ones, however, tend to grab their occasional gifts with a burst of excitement and forget to say “thank you” unless they are prompted. There is a sense of “I deserve this” written all over their faces in these moments.
Yet, in Psalm 9:1, David writes of sincere gratefulness. He states that he, "will thank the Lord with all His heart." Half-hearted thankfulness or a simple acknowledgment is not enough. Not only does the psalmist thank the Lord with his whole heart, but he also commits to telling all of God’s wonderful deeds. In other words, he just can’t keep from sharing how much God has done for him. His heart explodes with the opportunity to share the good news that God’s goodness. Even more so, David recognizes that to receive from the Lord is an honor.
When is the last time you simply said, "Thank you, Lord."
If I’m honest, I’ve been guilty of not being as grateful as I should be. Instead of coming humbly with a heart of thanks, I have come with an attitude of entitlement. In my mind, I've thought, I deserve a blessing since I went to church, paid my tithes, prayed, and was good to people. So, with each blessing, a sense of pride would follow versus a humble heart of awe that God would grant me favor, again. In many ways, I couldn’t wait to tell people of the “wonderful deeds” God had done. Unfortunately, my motivation for sharing God’s goodness was from a place of personal “horn-tooting” versus a sincere honoring the Lord. I am afraid I am not the only one who has fallen into this trap. In many ways, my thankfulness was only half-hearted, as it was more about what I had accomplished and less about His goodness.
Although Psalm 9:1 should be a source of encouragement, for many, it is a wake-up call to ask ourselves, “Do we really appreciate our Father in heaven?” Would we be okay if He never did another thing for us? Is His presence and His promise of salvation enough? Could we say thank you endlessly just for His love alone? Have we committed to sharing who He is and the good He’s done with a heart of humility? These tough questions are convicting but reveal our true heart and perspective on who God is. For this reason, when we pray, we should not just bring our list of requests like a child on Christmas. Instead, we pray in awe of His goodness with humble thanksgiving.
My prayer today is that a heart of true gratitude will arise in our hearts. My prayer is that we would take each new day as a gift from the Lord and when He blesses us with more, we thank Him with our entire heart. May God grant us an opportunity to tell anyone who’s willing to listen of how good He is!
A Prayer of Victory
Lord God, I thank you for what you’ve done in my life. I thank You for each day, for Your work on the cross, and for helping me overcome the toughest battles of my life. Father forgive me for the times I don’t operate from an attitude of sincere gratitude. Teach me to do so and to openly share your goodness with the world around me. Help me to never grow weary of praising you for all that you’ve done. In Jesus Name, Amen.
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** Excerpts from the above article originally written by Victoria Riollano on ibelieve.com*