Thursday, November 5, 2015

choosing to be thankful


Psalm 107:1  NASB
Oh give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, For His lovingkindness is everlasting.

It is that month.  November.  Thanksgiving is just ahead of us, but it is very hard to stay thankful.  Our hearts will be different when we choose to be thankful.  How will I practice being thankful in the days ahead?

"You say, 'If I had a little more, I should be very satisfied.' You make a mistake. 
If you are not content with what you have, you would not be satisfied if it were doubled." -- Charles Haddon Spurgeon

I have issues with being satisfied, yet a changed heart is a thankful heart.  May God use these thoughts and quotes from Spurgeon to teach us about being thankful

“It is all we can give him, and the least we can give; therefore let us diligently render to him our thanksgiving. The psalmist is in earnest in the exhortation, hence the use of the interjection “O,” to intensify his words: let us be at all times thoroughly fervent in the praises of the Lord, both with our lips and with our lives, by thanksgiving and thanks living. Jehovah, for that is the name here used, is not to be worshipped with groans and cries, but with thanks, for he is good; and these thanks should be heartily rendered, for his is no common goodness: he is good by nature, and essence, and proven to be good in all the acts of his eternity. Compared with him there is none good, no, not one: but he is essentially, perpetually, superlatively, infinitely good. We are the perpetual partakers of his goodness, and therefore ought above all his creatures to magnify his name. Our praise should be increased by the fact that the divine goodness is not a transient thing, but in the attribute of mercy abides for ever the same, for his mercy endureth for ever. The word endureth has been properly supplied by the translators, but yet it somewhat restricts the sense, which will be better seen if we read it, “for his mercy forever.” That mercy had no beginning, and shall never know an end. Our sin required that goodness should display itself to us in the form of mercy, and it has done so, and will do so evermore; let us not be slack in praising the goodness which thus adapts itself to our fallen nature.” --- Charles Spurgeon, taken from The Treasury of David

Make your life and heart count.  Choose to be thankful.

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