Text: Psalm 77:1-12
“Bless the Lord, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits:”
Gratitude is a factor of attitude and not circumstances. There is a sister whose life has always challenged me. She is a gifted, anointed, loving and exciting praise minstrel. You can’t be with her for a minute and you won’t be happy. It took many years and that was about her fiftieth birthday, for me to know that she wasn’t married! Most people didn’t know too. Her thankful and exciting life is not based on her circumstances but her attitude. There are other people in similar circumstances, even far less challenging situations, who are wallowing in despair. They are down, depressed, discouraged and worried. They have lost their joy and this has incapacitated their potentials. The difference between the two is how both see things, perceive things and judge things. This is attitude. One person has developed the habit of thankfulness – seeing the good sides of every situation, being hopeful, trusting and believing for the best. The other has trained her mind to see the negative, being worried, frustrated and constantly complaining. In our text today, David was almost slipping into that state before he quickly made a U-turn. “But then I recall all you have done, O Lord; I remember your wonderful deeds of long ago.” (Psa 77:11 NLT).
Friends, don’t wait until your situation changes before you become grateful and happy. A Yoruba proverb says, “He who knows how to think will know how to be thankful”. Now that the year is closing, stop looking at what you don’t have but the things that you have. Focus on the positive side and it will surprise you what God has done.
1. Father, forgive me for every thought of ingratitude and help me to develop the attitude of gratitude from now in Jesus name.
2. Sit down and look at the positive sides of this year in your life, family and others, then spend at least an hour today to thank God.
1. I develop the attitude of gratitude by always focusing on the positive sides of life rather than on the negative sides.
2. It is not my circumstances that determine my happiness in life but my attitude.