Bible Passage(s): Psalm 103
Memory Verse: “Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with loving-kindness and tender mercies; Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle's" Psalm 103: 1 - 5
I was looking at a video sent to me on WhatsApp the other day and the motivational speaker, Steve, in response to a question by someone from the audience spoke about gratitude. He said, ‘’Gratitude changes your perception. Depression and joy cannot co-exist in the same place. Learn to look at all God has done for you and you will focus less on what you think you don’t have.’’
This is a very apt statement for our times and in particular this month when we remember the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. When we think of what He did for humanity on the cross at Calvary, to reconcile us to God His Father and bring us salvation, we should stand in gratitude and appreciate Him even more. He paid the supreme sacrifice, by laying down His life for us.
When you have a heart of gratitude, it changes your focus. It leads you to have a better perspective of your existence. Many-a-times we become preoccupied with what we think we don’t have and fail to recognize the many things that we have. In the process, the peace of God eludes us and we complain about our lot in life. Forgetting that in whatever situation or circumstance you find yourself now, you are still better than some other people. But when we focus our attention on the many ways God has been generous towards us, we will have a ‘’heart of peace’’ even though our earthly desires may not be fulfilled.
Therefore I enjoin you this month to focus more on all that God has done for you so that you can have a heart of gratitude and the peace of God in your life.
May the Lord bless and keep you. May He make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you. May the Lord lift up His countenance upon you and give you peace, now and forevermore. Amen.
O Lord, thank you for all you have done for me and your provisions of life; peace, good health, salvation and provision for my needs. I pray you will grant me a heart of gratitude always in Jesus mighty name.