Thanking With Your Whole Heart

Posted by on Nov 25, 2008 in Blog Posts | 0 comments

Psalm 9:1-2

I will give thanks to the Lord with all my heart;
I will tell of all Your wonders.
I will be glad and exult in You;
I will sing praise to Your name, O Most High.
Yesterday we focused on the fruit of our lips being an attitude of thanksgiving and the literal praise to God through Jesus coming forth.
Today, I want to look at a Psalm from David. In the first verse he proclaims that he will thank God with all his heart and that he will tell of all God’s wonders.
Have you ever been “blessed” with a half-hearted thanks? You know the type. It’s one that is mumbled and uttered low. Eye contact between the giver and the recipient is not made. It’s just plain obvious that the heart is just not in it and the sentiment is forced.
Imagine a 5-year-old who expects his requested, long-desired item for a birthday present. He searches for the box that should fit what he expects in his mind. He opens it only to find that it’s not only not what he hoped for, but it’s nothing he requested at all. His countenance falls. Tears may come. He is extremely disappointed. His parents gently prod him to say, “thank you” to the one who gave the gift, but it’s virtually impossible for him to get the words out. He makes no eye contact, but looks down at the floor as he mumbles a low “thank you”.
Sometimes, my “thank you” to God has come out just like the above scenario. I know. That’s pathetic. I should know better.
What about you?
I propose that we give God, always, a whole-hearted “thank You” whether we see His gift to us as desirable and long-hoped-for or not. Ultimately, He has His best in mind for His children.
More on this one tomorrow…stay tuned.

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