One of my favorite scriptures in the Bible happens to be
For this I will give thanks and extol You, O Lord, among the nations; I will sing praises to Your name. 2 Samuel 22:50
Those that know me will automatically know why. Two of my favorite things to do are located within the passage.
Giving God thanks
Singing His praises
If it were possible I would spend twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week doing just those two things.
If you've been around church at any point in your life, then you have witnessed someone providing examples of both.
Some are more radical than others. Some more reserved. But no matter the extent of the outward expression, the purpose is still the same.
To give God thanks.
Along life’s journey we will eventually come to realize and understand that God deserves our gratitude. Not so much for what He does for us, but just because of who He is.
However, do you realize that showing gratitude towards God is a mood changer?
A very powerful one.
Showing gratitude has a way of chasing away despair, depression, anxiety and anger.
Although our situations may not be the way we would like them to be, when we say
“Thank You God”, we have automatically focused our mind on something to be thankful for.
Times when my finances are not matching up with the ever increasing demand instead of becoming overly depressed I begin to thank God for the ability to earn at least some money in a honest way.
When my youngest child starts to work on my last nerve I have left instead of becoming angry I begin to thank God for a healthy child.
When I don't have the food my body is craving I begin to thank God for the peanut butter and jelly.
When my dear hubby makes a mess of the kitchen instead of making a fuss I thank God he cared enough to prepare a meal.
And for all of these things I can see the divine graces of God.
This is why I have come to know showing gratitude toward God is a mood change. It is hard to stay in a negative mindset when you focus on the positive things that are happening in your life.
Now I must admit I find myself thanking and praising God in a very radical way.
But for me I have had so many hills to climb and I know it was God who has seen me through each and every one that I just can't help myself. And I would not have it any other way.
Notice I did not say He has changed all of my situations, but because He is there for me I can say
“Thank You God”
Here is a little secret I have found. Telling God thanks does not just have to happen in church. Automobiles, homes and outside while enjoying a walk I have found to be great spots.
Try it one time wherever you may be and see if it doesn’t immediately change your perspective.
Here’s a word of caution, thanking God while driving can be a little tricky. Especially if you are listening to a song of which the lyrics are doing the same. So in that case I advise using a little wisdom. Or the person you might rear end may not be as thankful.
Sonja Burketh, Inspirational Speaker and Writer
Founder of Daily Moment of Thought online devotional.
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