Psalm 33 1:3
"All you that are righteious, shout for joy for what the Lord has done; praise him, all you that obey him. Give thanks to the Lord with harps, sing to him with stringed insturments. Sing a new song to him, play the harp with skill, and shout for joy!"
Some days I feel a special nudge, inkling you may call it, to see what type of message God has for me for that day. On these days, I place my Bible in both hands, say a prayer of guidance and ask God to direct me to a destination that will be applicable in my life at that moment. Waiting a split second, I open the book, both eyes closed yet still meditating. From there I protrude my index finger, and with eyes sealed, position it at the correct Biblical verse God has intentions for awakening my inner soul. I read and digest the material before me, giving it a few moments to enter my heart without hindrance from my own ideologies.
Today, I came upon the above verse. At first I was unsure of its direct meaning. But, with further meditation, I realized it has deep roots in my life at the moment. Despite my own writing here, I've been inundated with life's woes and tribulations the last few days. I usually give thanks to God on a continuous basis, and therefore feel uplifted and full of joy. Yet, lately, trying to decide my own fate, I've failed to acknowledge all the wonderful things God has provided me in life. Despite my economic issues, God maintains strength and stability from day to day for me. Unfortunately, as soon as some undesirable whim takes root, I am immediately called forth from my inner voice
to take a stand and gain control. Of course, when I do, I forget to be thankful
for my numerous blessings bestowed each day.
As Christians it seems ridiculous that we have to be constantly reminded of these simple applied philosophies. We have this never ending issue to control our destinies and an insatiable appetite for self inflicted grief by doing so. I guess that is why we need to hear things often to remind us of how to stay correctly grounded. If we give thanks often, we feel joy Psalm 33 states. How simple is that? The more we give thanks, the better our disposition towards life is. The happier we are. Do it often!
1. What are you thankful for? Make a written or mental list of all the positive components in your life.
2. Take time frequently, each day, to give thanks to God. Remember, thanks brings joy.
3. If you are not a thank you card type person. Get into the habit. Write one card this week for someone who has touched you. Send it!
4. We are in the age of technology. Teach your children to write thank you cards. They are not obsolete. Everyone appreciates a trinket
in the mail.
5. Watch Giving Thanks With A Grateful Heart.
6. Find a religious artifact that reminds you of being thankful. Keep it in your car, house, purse, or wallet. Each time you touch it, you'll be remembered to give thanks for the many blessings in your life.
7. Meditate as I stated above, and open your Bible for your verse inspired by God.