8 Let them praise the Lord for his great love and for the wonderful things he has done for them. — Psalm 107:8 NLT
When something really good happens to us do we take the credit for that event or do we give the glory to God? Do we say “look what I have done” or do we say “look what the Lord has done for me”? When He chose us, called us and redeemed us, did we tell everyone we knew? The Psalmist encourages us to “tell others” just as Jesus commanded us to go and make disciples. After a bout with satan, when we are feeling all alone and distressed, who came to rescue us? Did we take the time to thank Him or was it “just another day at the office”? When we are hungry and thirsty and we receive food and drink, do we stop to thank Him before we eat or do we act like this is something that we deserve? We are all pretty good at asking God to watch over those we know who are about to leave on a trip or are presently traveling. But when we or they return safely from the trip, do we gather around and thank God for the safe return? Does our lifestyle reflect an “attitude of gratitude” or is it more like “I’ve worked hard and I deserve this ___________” (fill in the blank). We need to heed the reminder found in James 5:17, “every good and perfect gift comes down from the Father above”. Let us be careful to always give Him praise for His goodness toward us.
“The Gospel has come to you because it’s on its way to someone else.” – Anonymous