Philippians 2:14-15 (KJV) Do all things without murmurings and disputings: that ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;” (Emphasis Added).

The last three weeks we discussed the difference between one who has an attitude of gratitude and the one who has a habit of grumbling.  You will recall the difference depends on their…

  • Perspective
  • Pondering
  • Practice

While there is much in Scripture concerning grumbling and gratitude, I believe Psalms 100 presents five principles for forming a posture of praise and an attitude of gratitude.

According to Psalms 100, if we desire to maintain an attitude of gratitude, we must…

  1. Shout for joy to the Lord!

Psalms 100:1 (TLB) Shout with joy before the Lord, O earth!” (Emphasis Added).

This is a shout with the force of a trumpet blast. It is a shout that comes from deep within the depths of our souls.

  • Hasn’t God been faithful?
  • Hasn’t He forgiven us countless times?
  • Hasn’t He directed our steps?
  • Hasn’t He blessed us beyond what we deserve?

Mark 10:46 – 52 (KJV) “And they came to Jericho: and as he went out of Jericho with his disciples and a great number of people, blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat by the highway side begging.  And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out, and say, Jesus, thou Son of David, have mercy on me. And many charged him that he should hold his peace: but he cried the more a great deal, Thou Son of David, have mercy on me. And Jesus stood still, and commanded him to be called. And they call the blind man, saying unto him, Be of good comfort, rise; he calleth thee. And he, casting away his garment, rose, and came to Jesus. And Jesus answered and said unto him, What wilt thou that I should do unto thee? The blind man said unto him, Lord, that I might receive my sight. And Jesus said unto him, Go thy way; thy faith hath made thee whole. And immediately he received his sight, and followed Jesus in the way” (Emphasis Added).

Perhaps the unchurched are shouting so loudly and the church is worshipping so quietly, the praises of God cannot be heard.  There are too many Christians “hiding” behind their “quiet witness!”

According to Psalms 100, if we desire to maintain an attitude of gratitude, we must…

  1. Serve the Lord with gladness!

Psalms 100:2a (TLB) Obey him gladly…” (Emphasis Added).

Genuine obedience to God produces the joy that brings the shout!  I’ve learned this principle from the Holy Spirit – “Anyone who is called by the Name of Christ who does not exhibit a real gladness or joy of heart is in a state of disobedience.  It is NOT that they are disobedient because they do not exhibit gladness or joy – they are unable to because they are being disobedient!”

Psalms 51:12 (KJV) Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit” (Emphasis Added).

Psalms 51:12 (TLB) Restore to me again the joy of your salvation, and make me willing to obey you” (Emphasis Added).

The person in the world that is least happy is not someone who didn’t get what he or she wanted. It is the one who got what he or she wanted and then found out that it wasn’t as wonderful as expected. The secret of a happy life is not to get what you love but to love what you get. Most of us spend our lives concentrating on what we don’t have instead of thanking God for what we do have. How many of us have missed the “Present” because we were concentrating on the “Past” and the “Possible” that we can’t do anything about?

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 Pure Water
The legend is told of a desert wanderer who found a crystal spring of unsurpassed freshness. The water was so pure he decided to bring some to his king. Barely satisfying his own thirst, he filled a leather bottle with the clear liquid and carried it many days beneath the desert sun before he reached the palace. When he finally laid his offering at the feet of his sovereign, the water had become stale and rank due to the old container in which it had been stored. But the king would not let his faithful subject even imagine that it was unfit for use. He tasted it with expressions of gratitude and delight and sent away the loyal heart filled with gladness. After he had gone, others sampled it and expressed their surprise that the king had even pretended to enjoy it. “Ah!” said he, “It was not the water he tasted, but the love that prompted the offering.” Many times, our service is marked by multiplied imperfections, but the Master looks at our motives and says, “It is good.”

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