Gratitude Upwards, Inwards & Outwards

*Main Text*
Psalms 113:1-9

And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.
Colossians 3:17 NKJV

This text describes a life that is happy in God and it is one of thankful worship. Every believer should be marked by thankful worship engaging and extending to all areas of life. Everything we do should be done thankfully in the name of the Lord Jesus. Thankful worship should be the aroma and fragrance that surrounds every Christian. Worship is all that we are, replying rightly to all that God is. This means that worship is our innermost being responding with praise for all that God is, through our attitudes, actions, thoughts, and words, based on the truth of God as He has revealed Himself to us. (2 Corinthians 2:14-15)

When we keep God first, everything else fall in place. The idea of submission to the lordship of Christ infiltrate this verse, but it is easily understandable in two places: “do all in the name of the Lord Jesus”; and, “giving thanks. ”What we do when we come to church, to meet together in worship, should energise us and orient our thinking towards God so that when we leave after an act of worship, our minds and our hearts are focused on God and we seek to reflect that in how we are in the world outside the walls of the church. As a representative of the Lord Jesus, whatever you say or do, let it reflect the grace of God and gratitude (Ephesians 3:16-21).

The opposite of gratitude is grumbling. Israel in the wilderness grumbled repeatedly and because of it, God kept a whole generation out of the promised land. Grumbling challenges the character of God. It implies either, “God is not good,” or, “He is not sovereign over my problem.” If you are prone to grumbling, one thing that can help you fight it is to read a Psalm each morning, meditate on it, and make it a prayer.(Psalms 5:11-12). You just can’t read those verses very many times without shouting, “Thank You, Lord!” So it should be our aspiration to honor God in every part of our lives.

Heavenly father, I thank you for you are the author and finisher of my faith, in you I am assured of tomorrow.

Oh Lord, help me to always see all I have to be thankful for. Amen.

*Additional Reading*
1 Corinthians 10:31
Colossians 2:7.