Dr. Craig M. Jenkins, Pastor
A Heart Filled With Gratitude
1 Chronicles 16:8-12, 28-36
Lesson 2 December 8, 2019
Someone once said the best way to start your day is by expressing gratitude and praise to God. After all, He didn't have to let us see a new day. He didn't have to let us see any day! When we are truly grateful to Him for all He has done for us, this positive attitude can help us start our day with optimism and hopefulness rather than depression and heartbreak.
Our eloquent reference text is mainly based upon Psalms written by David. These psalms express gratitude and praise for the Lord's many deeds of favor to us (1 Chronicles 16:8-9). Although this gratitude was mainly written for Israel, the words certainly apply to us.
God called David a man after His own heart (Acts 13:22 KJV). This verse says David did whatever God told him to do and him, therefore, demonstrated absolute faith in the Lord.
As a young shepherd, through faith and armed with only a slingshot, he went against Goliath, the giant Philistine warrior. God gave him victory over this overwhelming foe and later chose him to be king of Israel to replace Saul.
David had his problems, for he did sin, but He loved the Lord and the Lord gave him favor. In some respects, this is a reflection of our life also. As humans, we are destined to sin (1 John 1:8) but just like David, we should never stop trusting and loving God and singing His praises for all He has done for us (1 Chronicles 16:34-35).
David's words in our text celebrate the power of God while also praising and glorifying Him for who He is—the master of us all and the One who controls our present and future.
Based on First Baptist Church of Chattanooga, TN
Submitted by Donna Reed
Beth Eden Baptist Church