THE WORD FOR TODAY
THE ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE
PSALM 106 : 1 Praise ye the LORD. O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.
The Psalmist encourages us to cultivate an attitude of gratitude. We need to continually show gratitude to God and to others.
The Bible teaches that in the last days that many people would show ingratitude towards God and others. ( 2 Timothy 3: 1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, )
(1) WE GIVE THANKS FOR EVERYTHING - Ephesians 5: 20 Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;
We give thanks to God for every circumstance - "all things". It doesn't matter what has happened, whether it is good or bad, we still thank the Lord. Things could have been worse. We do not complain or murmur because we know that God is in control and that He will ultimately work out all things for our good (Romans 8: 28).
(2) WE GIVE THANKS IN EVERYTHING - 1 Thessalonians 5:18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
Whatever situation or circumstance we might be going through, we still maintain that attitude of gratitude and give God thanks. Giving thanks is the will of God - this is the kind of attitude that the Lord wants us to have. We praise the Lord in the good times and the bad times because we are certain that He will deliver and give us the victory. He will never leave us nor forsake us.
(3) GOD IS IN YOUR THANKSGIVING
In Psalms 106: 1, the Hebrew word for "thanks" is 'YADAH' meaning 'Praise'. The name 'Judah' comes from 'Yadah'. Judah means praise. The word Judah includes the 4 letters of the name of God (YHWH or YAHWEH / JEHOVAH). God is in your praise. He shows up when we give thanks and praise Him. Our thanksgiving releases the Spirit of God to work for us. The Psalmist declares in Psalm 22: 3 But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel. The Lord inhabits our praise. He shows up to work miracles on our behalf when we praise Him.
(4) THANKSGIVING OPENS DOORS FOR YOU.
The Hebrew letter 'DALET' is added to the Hebrew spelling of 'Judah'. 'Dalet stands for 'Delet' which means "door". A door speaks of access and opportunity. Praise or thanksgiving opens doors for you. It ushers us into the very presence of God where anything and everything can happen. Psalm 100: 4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
Psalm 16: 11 Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.
When we praise God in everything and for everything closed doors (opportunities) are open up.
(5) THANKSGIVING LIFTS YOU UP.
The Hebrew letter 'Dalet' which is added to the word 'Judah' (Praise) also means 'DAL' which represents a poor person, that is, a person in need. 'DAL' means "to lift up". God will meet our needs when we begin to praise and give thanks. He will lift us up. David says in Psalm 30: 1 I will extol thee, O LORD; for thou hast lifted me up, and hast not made my foes to rejoice over me.
Let's always display the attitude of gratitude. You will never lose but will always win when you do so.