“Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all the earth!
Serve the Lord with gladness;
come before His presence with singing.
Know that the Lord, He is God;
it is He who has 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 to Him, and bless His name.
For the Lord is good; His mercy endures forever,
and His faithfulness to all generations.“
This is probably a familiar passage for most of you. But even though it is one often quoted, you may not have taken the time to consider its depth.
Throughout November, we have constant reminders to be thankful. It is during this time that I evaluate where my heart is. Often times the idea of being thankful gets lost throughout the year. This is a great season to remind us of our blessings, but how do we carry that with us?
All throughout the Psalms we see David expressing his thankfulness to God. And out of a thankful heart toward God overflows praise. Many times we think of thankfulness as dwelling on our blessings. And while this is true and very important, a heart of thanksgiving should overflow in our lives.
Because we are thankful for the lives we have been given, we embrace our work. We serve with joy. Because God has blessed us so richly, we praise Him. Our songs of praise should flow from a heart of deep gratitude for what God has done for us.
Yes, this is a perfect time to reflect on what we have been given. Writing down lists of gratitude focuses our mind in the right place. But beyond this, make an effort to live your life in light of thanksgiving to God. The joy we find in thankfulness will indwell everything we do. And this is an attitude that we can carry with us all year.