Sunday, June 12, 2011

A Thankful Heart

As Sunday draws to an end my heart is thankful for several blessings:

  • For a house that is beginning to resemble a home
  • For a front porch with a weathered porch swing
  • For church bells that toll every hour 
  • For a large yard with space to plant a garden
  • For the generosity of others
  • For cobblestone streets
  • For my Savior
". . . Be thankful unto Him and bless His name."  Psalm 100:4
Gratitude and thanksgiving forever stand opposed to all murmurings at God’s dealings with us, and all complainings at our lot. Gratitude and murmuring never abide in the same heart at the same time. An unappreciative spirit has no standing beside gratitude and praise. And true prayer corrects complaining and promotes gratitude and thanksgiving. Dissatisfaction at one’s lot, and a disposition to be discontented with things which come to us in the providence of God, are foes to gratitude and enemies to thanksgiving.
The murmurers are ungrateful people. Appreciative men and women have neither the time nor disposition to stop and complain. The bane of the wilderness-journey of the Israelites on their way to Canaan was their proneness to murmur and complain against God and Moses. For this, God was several times greatly grieved, and it took the strong praying of Moses to avert God’s wrath because of these murmurings. The absence of gratitude left no room nor disposition for praise and thanksgiving, just as it is so always. But when these same Israelites were brought through the Red Sea dry shod, while their enemies were destroyed, there was a song of praise led by Miriam, the sister of Moses. One of the leading sins of these Israelites was forgetfulness of God and His mercies, and ingratitude of soul. This brought forth murmurings and lack of praise, as it always does. E.M. Bounds (Essentials of Prayer)

No comments:

Post a Comment

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...