“Bless the Lord, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless His holy name! Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits” Psalms 103:1-2 NKJV

How do you feel when you encounter people who have a sense of entitlement? It can get vexatious to go out of your way to do things for people who seem unable to acknowledge and appreciate your efforts. Sadly, we sometimes respond to the bountiful blessings of God in a similar manner.

Paul asked the people of Corinth in I Corinthians 4:7, ‘What do you have that God hasn’t given you? And if everything you have is from God, why boast as though it were not a gift?’ All that we have is from God, and we must acknowledge this truth and respond appropriately with thanksgiving.

The purpose of worship is not about who you are, but who God is. As a believer, your default disposition should always be thanksgiving because God is always good (Psalm 34:8, 107:1). Because you’ve been saved from eternal damnation, you have every reason to thank God (Ephesians 1:3, 1 Peter 1:3-5). Moreso, you have God’s Spirit within you who guides you through every season of life (Romans 8:14).

A wise man once said, ‘If you can think, you can thank.’ This is because a lifestyle of thanksgiving is one that flows from right-thinking. It comes from a place of humility, reckoning yourself to merely be a recipient of the many blessings of God, deserving of none of them. 

Jesus, our greatest example, gave thanks in multiple instances in the Bible, in good times (Luke 10:21), when He had little (Matthew 14:19, John 6:11), in the face of seeming contradiction (John 11:41) and even randomly in conversations (Matthew 11:25-26). 

Even if some things are not quite right in your world, there’s always a reason to give thanks (1 Thessalonians 5:18). While it is easy to focus on the seemingly many things that aren’t working, this makes us lose track of the things we do have and how far we have come. The songwriter said to ‘count your blessings and name them one by one,’ and went on to say that when you do so, it will surprise you what the Lord has done. A life of thanksgiving helps redirect our minds.

For us as believers, our faith is a game of focus. Our anchor text shows David commanding his soul to bless God and focus on His blessings. In the verses that followed, He went on to list out those things that he had to be thankful for. Thanksgiving should come naturally to us, but developing it as a lifestyle takes intentionality. The devotional articles of this month will help you develop the default disposition of thanksgiving by pointing you to the many things you have to be thankful for.

Dear believer, your life is a testimony of the goodness of God. From this month on, decide to walk conscious of this and respond appropriately with thanksgiving.

Bible Reading Plan: Psalms 54, 63 

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