Bible Ballistics: BBs #382 Gratitude Is Timeless!!!
“Make a joyful noise unto the LORD,
all ye lands.
2 Serve the LORD
come before his presence
3 Know ye that the LORD
he is God:
it is he that hath made us,
and not we ourselves;
we are his people,
and the sheep of his pasture.
4 Enter into his gates
and into his courts
and bless his name.
5 For the LORD is good;
his mercy is everlasting;
and his truth endureth
to all generations.” Psalm 100:1-5
Many people often regard God as the ‘great slot machine in the sky’! Drop in your coin, pull the handle and God is ‘obligated’ to supply you a ‘jackpot’! God forbid, He is our creator and worthy of our praise—not our efforts to manipulate and control HIM! If I might, I simply offer a few thoughts about how many people seem to really respond toward God and His sovereign grace, mercy and love!
“Complain to and about everything—even God Himself-
all ye lands!
Demand your way with God who is YOUR servant—
And complain about everything!
Stomp into His presence
in arrogance and discontent—
Reject God’s sovereignty—
After all “I” am the ‘Center of the universe’!
He is my ‘genie’ at my disposal—
To meet my every lustful whim!
Call Him into My gates–
With discontent and lustful greed—
After all I deserve more!
For The Lord is never enough—
He isn’t meeting My desires promptly—
His Word has no relevance to my life—
And if it did, I have no time to study it!
I am the only ‘generation’ that is important–
In fact, I’m the only ONE that counts!”
While this is a bit much, I pray that we’ll each examine our own hearts, and see if we have an ‘attitude of gratitude’ toward God, or if our life is marked with ‘grumbly discontent’? We are often quick to call on God when things are out of our control, or when desperate situations arise; but are we as quick to recognize His presence, His love and His mercy and thank HIM for HIS provision? Or do we expect God to provide without having any sense of His worthiness of praise? May we truly possess the heart of the Psalmist and join those who are continually “thankful unto him”? I pray that we will each check our ‘attitude of gratitude’ quotient! Live praising HIM! Amen and Amen!
“For in him we live, and move, and have our being;” Acts 17:28a
“I am the vine, ye are the branches:
He that abideth in me,
and I in him,
the same bringeth forth much fruit:
for without me ye can do nothing.” John 15:5