Songs of Summer - Week Seven
Psalm 138:1–8 (NLT)
1 I give you thanks, O LORD, with all my heart;
I will sing your praises before the gods.
2 I bow before your holy Temple as I worship.
I praise your name for your unfailing love and faithfulness;
for your promises are backed
by all the honor of your name.
3 As soon as I pray, you answer me;
you encourage me by giving me strength.
4 Every king in all the earth will thank you, LORD,
for all of them will hear your words.
5 Yes, they will sing about the LORD’s ways,
for the glory of the LORD is very great.
6 Though the LORD is great, he cares for the humble,
but he keeps his distance from the proud.
7 Though I am surrounded by troubles,
you will protect me from the anger of my enemies.
You reach out your hand,
and the power of your right hand saves me.
8 The LORD will work out his plans for my life—
for your faithful love, O LORD, endures forever.
Don’t abandon me, for you made me.
DEVELOPING AN ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE
GRATITUDE IS NOT NATURAL
What is natural? Entitlement - "I deserve..." or "I've earned..."
Turn blessings into praise or they’ll turn to pride.
Without, “I am blessed,” “I deserve” emerges!
When something isn't natural, we have to train ourselves to do it.
THE GRATEFUL FOR FOUR
What are we GRATEFUL for?
Answered Prayer – God’s Glory – Hope – God’s Plan
A life of GRATITUDE leads to a life of PRAISE.
Count some blessings.