When I read about gratitude today, it isn’t what I learned about in church growing up. This isn’t really what I grew up learning about in church. Right? Or is this different? Is this the same? Is gratitude the same as thankfulness? What does the Bible have to say about gratitude and how should Apply to our lives?
Here are gratitude examples from the book of Psalm.
- Answered prayers – no matter what the answer of prayer ends up being, David gives thanks to the Lord in Psalm 7:17.
- Being disciplined – David thanks God for His discipline in Psalm 30.
- The faithfulness of God – Psalm 138 shares the faithfulness of God through the Davidic covenant. Chapter 138 is the first of eight Psalms talking about the promise God gives David, that He will uphold His covenant to the Israelites.
- God’s help – Psalm 124 is a song giving thanks to God for delivering the Israelites from the Egyptians.
Psalm 100 is an entire song thanking God for being who He is.
Now, in the list above I mention Psalm 124, which is a song talking about the deliverance from the Egyptians. This reminds me of how the night before Jesus was crucified, He spent time giving thanks at the celebration of the Passover. Then He was broken on our behalf.
What does this mean to you and I? We can be thankful through the brokenness. Gratitude isn’t a practice for a better mood –– it could be.
However, I think we would be missing the bigger picture. Once we see our true brokenness and God’s Holiness, I think gratitude becomes more than a day or a notebook, but an outlook on life. We can be broken because Christ took our place, He is faithful, we get God’s help and deliverance, we get to grow up and learn when we are disciplined by God, and He answers prayers.
All four of those reasons allow me to practice gratitude not after a bad day; but even during brokenness.
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