Sing Unto the Lord
"Sing unto the Lord, O ye saints of His, give thanks at the remembrance of His holiness." ~Psalm 30:4
As we prepare for Thanksgiving, have you noticed that "giving thanks" is one of the major topics of the Psalms? So many of David's songs center around gratitude toward God. Thanks and praise. I read an article that describes gratitude in this way:
"Gratitude is the expression of appreciation for what one has. It is a recognition of value independent of monetary worth. Spontaneously generated from within, it is an affirmation of goodness and warmth. This social emotion strengthens relationships..." It goes on to say that there is an area in the brain that actually changes when one is thankful - the changes are lasting and actually prepares you to be even more thankful in the future.
David certainly seems to verify this - even in the worst of times, he expresses thankfulness. I heard once that new Christians love God for what He does, but that evolves into love for Who He is. I don't think you can separate those two things, but I get what they were saying. God's love is Who He is - Jesus showed us that. "There is no greater love than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends." ~John 15:13 Then He forgave those who crucified Him. Incredible love. He tells us to love in the same way. That begins with being thankful. Gratitude opens up our hearts and enables us to see the grace and mercy of God.
"I thank you from my heart, and I will never stop singing your praises, my LORD and my God." ~Psalm 30:12
Have a blessed day!
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