OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL
DATE: SUNDAY 5TH JANUARY, 2020.
THEME:: GRATEFUL HEART II.
O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good; for his mercy endureth forever. Psalm 107:1
READ: Psalms 100:1-5 (KJV)
1 Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands.
2 Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing.
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 with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
5 For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.
One of the ways in which Christians displease God is by being ungrateful for the things He has done for us.
We take many of these things for granted, whereas they are fundamental to our well-being.
For example, if you are complaining that God did not give you new shoes, have you considered that, if you didn’t have legs, shoes wouldn’t be an issue? Ingratitude displeases Him.
Many years ago, after a power-packed crusade, I and my children kept talking about the great move of God in the car on the way back to the hotel where I was lodged.
On getting to the hotel, the fellow on the passenger side got out quickly to open the door for me.
I don’t know how my hand got in the way of his door, but as he slammed it shut, it hit my fingers and I tell you, it was painful.
In my pain, I cried to God “Why did you let this happen, Lord?” and He said “You kept talking about the miracles that happened in the crusade; did you even bother to say ‘thank you’ to me?” Then I said “Lord, I am sorry, thank You for Your great move during the crusade.” God expects you to be grateful at all times. He is also very jealous about His glory. Isaiah 42:8 says:
‘I am the Lord: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.”
There was another time when I displeased Him because I thought He had not done anything for me that merited thanksgiving. I began to lay out all the things I had expected in the course of the year but didn’t get.
God interrupted me and asked “How many times did you travel this year?” I said “Many times.” “How many times did you have an accident?” He asked. I responded “None.” He continued “How many times did you sleep this year?” “Every night” I answered. “Did any member of your household die in their sleep?” I quickly interrupted Him because I realised how ungrateful I had been.
I want your attitude to thanksgiving to be different from now. Make thanksgiving your lifestyle. Always look for reasons to thank God, no matter how you may feel.
Write ten things you are grateful to God for and thank Him all through today.
AUTHOR: PASTOR E. A ADEBOYE.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR:
HYMN 3 BE GLAD IN THE LORD AND REJOICE
Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice,
All ye that are upright in heart;
And ye that have made Him your choice,
Bid sadness and sorrow depart.
Be glad in the Lord and rejoice;
Be glad in the Lord and rejoice.
Be joyful, for He is the Lord
On earth and in Heaven supreme;
He fashions and rules by His word—
The “Mighty” and “Strong” to redeem.
What though in the conflict for right
Your enemies almost prevail?
God’s armies, just hid from your sight,
Are more than the foes which assail.
Though darkness surround you by day,
Your sky by the night be o’ercast,
Let nothing your spirit dismay,
But trust till the danger is past.
Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice,
His praises proclaiming in song;
Let gratefulness give all a voice,
The loud hallelujahs prolong!