Called To Gratitude (Psalm 138)

Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving. (Colossians 2:6–7 ESV)

What do you have to be thankful for? This is a wonderful time of the year when we are supposed to stop and reflect on being thankful for all that God has done for us. Unfortunately, in our world of consumerism and convenience, our day of Thanksgiving as marked in American calendars has turned into a way to beat people up at Walmart for cheap televisions.  Rather than being thankful to God we see our society using the day for greater greed. It is so easy to forget all that God has given us. It is so easy to take for granted all that we have been given from God. God wanted us to live lives of thankfulness. God has called us to have an attitude of gratitude for all of life. Notice that the apostle Paul said in Colossians 2:6-7 that we walk in Christ “abounding in thanksgiving.” Sometimes our thanksgiving can only focus on the physical blessings we have. This is a natural tendency of ours because we are physical people and we thank God for what we can see in our lives. So we are grateful for our wealth, thankful for our jobs, and thankful for our families. But there is so much more that God wants us to give thanks for. Turn in your copies of God’s word to Psalm 138 where we have a psalm all about the giving of thanks and what we should be thankful for.

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