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An attitude of gratitude is always obvious. If we are grateful for what God has done for us and given to us, others will see in us our grateful appreciation for it in everything we do. David provided a fourfold formula for us to follow to prove our gratitude.

“I will thank You, Lord, with all my heart.” The thanks he described is total and consumed all of his being - his entire self. The word he used for heart would include his consciousness of God’s presence, his memories of God’s goodness, and his awareness of God’s grace. He worshiped God with excitement, enthusiasm, and expectation.

“I will tell all of the marvelous things You have done.” Marvelous comes from a word that means “extraordinary, not surpassed by anything, wonderful!” He is so overwhelmed by God’s blessings on and in his life that he wants everyone to know it.

“I will be filled with joy!” Joy is the natural state of the one who trusts in the Lord. Knowing that “all things work together for our good” should cause His joy to radiate from our heads into our hearts and out through our hands. Everything we do should be done with a smile on our face and gladness in our eyes.

“I will sing praises to Your Name, O Most High.” Notice that there is only one letter difference between the word “sin” and “sing” - the letter “g” - that stands for God. When we give up sin for the Savior, God gives us a new song to sing. It is a song about the Savior who loves us, gave Himself for us, is present in us, and works through us.

Prayer:  Lord, thank you for the goodness and grace of our salvation. May we always have a joyous, grateful, thankful, radiant heart. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture For Today:  I will be filled with joy because of you. I will sing praises to Your Name, O Most High.  Psalm 9:2 

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Someone has rightly said that when we speak a person’s name we call that one into existence. For example, we can go an entire day without someone mentioning our name. No one has recognized that we are even alive. Does that mean that we do not exist? No. It means that we have not been “called into existence” or “recognized”. We have been “overlooked” so to speak.
David began Psalm 18 by recognizing God and proclaiming his love for his Lord: “I love You, Lord, my strength!” This simple statement quickly describes David’s dependence on God, his intimate relationship with God and his devotion to God. God, David said, was the source of his strength. Whatever he did was done through the strength that God gave him. And He received that strength when he called God “into existence.”
Often we think of “strength” as our ability to “lift” something or “endure” something as an athlete does in a contest. But David was not thinking of that type of strength. He goes on to describe his Lord as a rock, a fortress, a deliverer, a shield, his strength and the horn of his salvation. All of these words that describe God come from a military setting and help us to see that David, in this psalm, saw God as the One who protected him and made him the victor in all of his battles. They are “in His name.”
When David called on God, something happened: he was delivered or saved from all of his enemies. That also happens when we call on the Lord. “Everyone,” the Bible says, “who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Call on Him now to be delivered and saved!
Prayer: Lord, we love You and thank You for being our Savior and shield, our protector and provider. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: Psalm 18:1 I love you, LORD, my strength.
James and his grandmother were having a wonderful day at the beach. The wind was gentle, the sun warm and the crowd friendly. It was a delight for her to watch James as he splashed in the waves not far from where she was relaxing.
Suddenly a large wave came crashing over James and pulled him into the water and out of her sight. In fear and anguish she shouted, “Oh, God, I’ll do anything You ever ask me if You will only save my grandson and return him safely to shore. Please God – help me.”
The very next wave brought James back to shore safely, but a bit frightened. Standing up and walking toward him, his grandmother gave a sigh of relief knowing he was safe. Then she put her hands on her hips and said, “O.K. God. What happened to his hat?”
Paul wrote, “Devote yourselves to prayer with an alert mind and a thankful heart.” It seems to be much easier to “devote ourselves to prayer” than to “devote ourselves to a thankful heart.” Giving thanks to someone means we are indebted to them for something.
Our God is a gracious and giving God and all that we have is the result of His goodness and grace. He stands before us with outstretched arms and open hands waiting to draw us close to Himself to protect us and provide for our every need, beginning with our salvation. Yet, too often we fail to be grateful!
Prayer: Forgive us, Heavenly Father, if we have been forgetful in expressing our gratitude to You for all You have done for us. May our thankfulness be equal to Your gifts. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: Colossians 4:2 Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.
Many guide their lives by “The Golden Rule” - “Do unto others what you would have them do unto you.” They do what they do, not from the goodness of their hearts, but what they want or expect from others. It is the old adage: “If you scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours.” Their lives become a trading post.

Others give what they give because their goal is to obligate or control people. They cannot give without grumbling. After “presenting” an object, large or small they wait and watch to see if they will receive something appropriate for their “goodness.” If nothing comes, gifts stop.

Some give for recognition. They want to be praised in public places for their contributions or rewarded for being kind or being seen as generous. Some give because they expect to be recognized and blest by God for their gifts.

Giving and doing is good. But is there something more? “To do what is right and just is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifices.” This proverb makes a profound statement: We can make any number of sacrifices for many different reasons, but if we do not give because we love God, live righteously and treat others with justice, dignity and respect it seems as though giving and doing are less than acceptable in God’s sight.

We must never forget that sacrifice is at the heart of the gospel: God sent His only begotten Son to die for us. But our giving, even sacrificially, must be done for the right reasons. We must realize that “being” is what God wants from us - beginning with “being” born again, followed by being righteous and just.

Giving reflects gratitude. And if we are grateful for our salvation, we will give generously - but for the right reasons.

Prayer:  May we understand, Lord, that our giving reflects our love for You. First our hearts, then our lives and then our things! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture for Today: Proverbs 21:3 To do what is right and just is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice.


Someone has rightly said that when we speak a person’s name we call that one into existence. For example, we can go an entire day without someone mentioning our name. No one has recognized that we are even alive. Does that mean that we do not exist? No. It means that we have not been recognized. We have been “overlooked.”

David began Psalm 18 by recognizing God and proclaiming his love for his Lord: “I love you, Lord, my strength!” This simple statement quickly describes David’s dependence on God, his intimate relationship with God and his devotion to God. God, David said, was the source of his strength. Whatever he did was done through the strength that God gave him.

Often we think of “strength” as our ability to lift something or endure something as an athlete does in a contest. But David was not thinking of that type of strength. He goes on to describe his Lord as a rock, a fortress, a deliverer, a shield, his strength and the horn of his salvation. All of these words that describe God come from a military setting and help us to see that David, in this psalm, saw God as the One who protected him and made him the victor in all of his battles.

When David called on God, something happened: he was delivered or saved from all of his enemies. That also happens when we call on the Lord. “Everyone,” the Bible says, “who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Call on Him now to be delivered and saved!

Prayer: Lord, we love You and thank You for being our Savior and shield, our protector and provider. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture for Today: Psalm 18:1 I will love You, O Lord, my strength.
Walter had recently been elected chairman of the deacons in his church. His pastor thought it would be beneficial to the church if the congregation knew him.

After introducing him, Rev. Simpson asked him to make a few remarks. He thought for a moment and then began by saying, “I am so grateful for the way God has blessed me. My business has grown tremendously in the last few years. It has provided me with enough money to purchase a new home with a lovely swimming pool. And I am planning on taking my family to Europe this summer. I am so blessed I can’t handle much more. I don’t know what more God could give me!”

“I do,” replied an older and much wiser deacon sitting in the front row. “A good dose of humility.”
Often when sharing God’s blessings, people speak with arrogance rather than appreciation or sound greedy rather than grateful. We must always be mindful of God’s mercy and without His loving-kindness realize that we would be no one or have nothing. What we have, we have because of His grace - beginning with our salvation.

Every breath, every heartbeat, every thought, every step we take or arm we lift or sight we see - and every sound we hear is a gift from Him. Whatever we have, we have because of His love, mercy and grace.

Prayer: Lord, we only fool ourselves when we think we have earned what we have. Help us to be mindful that without You, we are no one and would have nothing. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture for Today: Micah 6:8 He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But to do justly, To love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God?
Read John 3:16


A pastor received a package. It contained a hundred-dollar bill with this note: “The only way I’ll know if you’ve received this package, is for you to burn a candle in your living room window Saturday night.”

He burned the candle. It bore two messages. One said, “Gift received.” The other said, “Gratitude revealed.”

God has sent you the Gift of gifts – His only begotten Son. Have you received His gift? Good, now reveal your gratitude. How?

The Bible says, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”

Prayer: Lord Jesus, we thank Thee for loving us enough to be our Savior. Give us Thy strength and Thy wisdom so that we might live this day as we ought. Dictate our words and direct our ways so that we will honor Thee: we ask these things in Thy name. Amen.

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