Synergy of Gratitude
Gratitude - Oh That Men Would Give Thanks!
Ps 107:8,9,15,16. (NKJV) “Oh, that men would give thanks to the LORD for His goodness, and for His wonderful works to the children of men! For He satisfies the longing soul, And fills the hungry soul with goodness... He has broken the gates of bronze, And cut the bars of iron in two.”
Verses 10-14 reveal the dark spiritual estate of those who rebel against God’s words and counsel. This is never a state of mind or being where anyone gives thanks or expresses gratitude to God for His goodness! It is a state of always wanting to have more, or to be more. There is a first order of business in order to get out of this particular jail - to express gratitude to God for all He has already done and which already is! Namely that we have been delivered, redeemed by the Blood of the Lamb of God - from Satan, sin and it’s consequence death, and self.
Consider the implications for state of mind and life!
The “prison” of “gates of bronze and bars of iron” is characterized by a state of mind and being that comprehends so called “bad luck.” The attitude is “I never get my piece of the pie, and here’s why...” It is a lie. It is a state of envy where I always want what somebody else has, or the idea that I got a raw deal in life. I can use it to justify “why” I might even commit crimes to make things right, to level the playing field.
Socialistic systems are set up on this basis by those who claim they can deliver what is desired - that “something more that I ‘deserve’.” They are ideologies of envy! This is perpetuated by the THE LIE OF LACK AND LIMITATION.
What the Lord shows us is that this state of wanting and imprisonment reveal instead a rebellious and unthankful heart toward Him. This is characterized by constant ingratitude.
As it turns out, there is something very potent about the exercise or practice of gratitude, praise, and giving thanks - regardless of how little of the world’s goods one may have. This does, however, require that I notice what I have. There is something of a great truth in that old hymn that says, “Count your blessings, name them one by one; count your blessings, see what God has done…” It changes the perspective to just do it.
This is a simple way of repentance by way of basic attitude. A change of mind. It likely will require an act of and a strengthening of the (fallen yet redeemed) will to develop the practice of gratitude. I must switch over from being resentful and rebellious about what I THINK I DON’T HAVE, TO ACTIVELY GIVING THANKS FOR WHAT I DO HAVE, EVEN WHEN I CANNOT “SEE” IT JUST YET. Or if, in my estimation what I perceive amounts to very little of physical “things."
The adversary and father of lies will of course work hard to point out how weak you are, how little you have, and how you cannot express gratitude for what you think you don’t have. THIS IS BECAUSE HE DOES NOT WANT YOU TO REALIZE THAT THERE IS NO CRY THAT GOD HEARS IN OUR TROUBLES LIKE THE CRY OF “THANK YOU!” (See verse 13)
Who does not know people who are always whining about what they think they lack, or wishing they were somewhere else? (At times that is you and me! Lord, have mercy!) They are in a spiritual, mental, and emotional prison that amounts to bearing false witness against God. The omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent Author of creation and salvation in Christ Jesus, Who is all good and love! Consequently their experience is what they perceive and believe. They are never happy.
(This would be a good segue into the Beatitudes... How blessed are...)
What God is waiting for is for us to cry out according to Psalm 107:1,2. “Oh, give thanks unto the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever. LET THE REDEEMED OF THE LORD say so, Who HAS redeemed us from the hand of the enemy!”
May this be our continual song of praise.
Soli Deo Gloria forever!
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