Song of Thankful Heart
“When upon life’s billows you are tempest-tossed,
When you are discouraged, thinking all is lost,
Count your many blessings, name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord has done.
When you look at others with their lands and gold,
Think that Christ has promised you His wealth untold;
Count your many blessings—money cannot buy
Your reward in heaven, nor your home on high.” – Johnson Oatman (1897)
It is so easy for my eyes to look at my neighbor’s green pastures, and wish for their blessing. We tend to not have a thankful heart because of the innate greed and discontentment in our lives.
‘Yes, I have this, but I want more’ becomes our motto at times. The song writer pens and reminds each of us to count our own blessings, and name them one by one.
“Count your blessings, name them one by one,
Count your blessings, see what God hath done!
Count your blessings, name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done”
Have you counted your blessings today?
What better time than today to implement these SIX Biblical characteristics of thankfulness in our lives.
A THANKFUL HEART
1. COUNTS HER BLESSINGS:
The song mentioned above says that when we start to jot down all the blessings, it will surprise us as to what the Lord has done.
Psalm 103: 2-5 O bless the Lord o my soul and forget not his benefits, who forgives all your sins, and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion. Who satisfies your desires with good things.
Journal in your diary today all the things you know are blessings in your life. Remember there is someone else truly praying for the very blessings you have.
2. CELEBRATES THE MIGHTY DEEDS OF GOD:
It is very important to be thankful for the answered prayers and dance before God’s altar. Celebrate Jesus for the restoration and life He has given us thus far.
Psalm 9:1 , KJV I will praise thee, O LORD, with my whole heart; I will shew forth all thy marvelous works.
Psalm 107:8, KJV Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!
Hannah’s praise is one of my favorite song in the Bible.
1 Samuel 2:1-2 My heart rejoices in the Lord! The Lord has made me strong. Now I have an answer for my enemies; I rejoice because you rescued me
3. DOES NOT COMPARE:
To compare means “to examine the character or qualities to discover resemblances or differences (Merriam-Webster)”
It is so important to remember the story of Saul and David this time. David had killed Goliath and the ladies were singing a beautiful song and praising David.
This made Saul very angry. “What’s this?” he said. “They credit David with ten thousands and me with only thousands. Next they’ll be making him their king!” I Samuel 18:8, NLT
A thankful heart continues to thank God and does not compare with a popular blogger, or a richer friend.
It is more important that our Lord commend us rather than we stoop low by comparing ourselves with others.
4. DOES NOT COMPLAIN:
Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe” (Philippians 2:14-15).
Imagine a close friend of ours has posted an awesome picture on social media about their amazing trip, how do we react? Do we complain about our sad life?
We must always remember that when we complain about your circumstances, we are complaining about the inability of God’s Sovereignty. A thankful heart does not complain like the Israelites who did witness multiple miracles.
“You are not grumbling against us, but against the LORD” (Exodus 16:8).
5. CULTIVATES A HEART OF CONTENTMENT:
Anyone who is a child of God has an Eternal hope in Jesus . There will be a day when there will have no more tears and this can result in praising God despite our circumstances today.
Because Christ lives in me, I will rejoice and give thanks in all circumstances.
God can move our environments from worse to best in His time, and it is important that we continue to have a “Towdah” thankful heart . We must continue to have a thankful heart by offering our life as a living sacrifice.
Psalm 50:23 NASB: “He who offers a sacrifice of thanksgiving honors Me; And to him who orders his way aright I shall show the salvation of God.”
6. CONTINUES TO ADMINISTER A GENEROUS HEART:
Administration of our gifts to others results in abundant thanksgiving to God. Scripture mentions that we ought to help the needy so that they can praise God and He can be glorified through our actions.
2 Corinthians 9:11,12, NLT Yes, you will be enriched in every way so that you can always be generous. And when we take your gifts to those who need them, they will thank God. This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of the Lord’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God.
A thankful heart is not selfish but realizes the gift of generosity. Invite someone who doesn’t have a family for a meal this weekend or during thanksgiving.
WHAT AM I THANKFUL FOR THIS YEAR?
- I am thankful for the redeeming Grace of my Lord and Savior
- I am grateful for the darkest periods in my childhood. I am able stand firm in my faith today and administer to others.
- I am eternally thankful for the restoration of life of my beloved sister about a year ago. I got to even meet my siblings after 5 long years. (for we are in different continents)
- Thank you, Jesus for the gift of motherhood after a decade long of waiting.
- I thank the Lord for the ONE YEAR of blogging. It allowed me to draw much closer to my Lord and meet other God-fearing bloggers.
Friend, what are you thankful for this year? I would love to read your comment below.
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