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Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands.
Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing.
Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.
~ Psalm 100

“…hearken diligently unto my commandments which I command you this day, to love the LORD your God, and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul” ~ Deuteronomy 11:13

Psalm 100 is one of the great songs of thanksgiving in the Bible. It calls us to realize that we belong to God our Maker (vv.3-4), and to praise Him for His goodness, mercy, and truth (v.5).

In verse 2 it tells us: “Serve the Lord with gladness”. Many times our service to God is more grudging than glad. We do what we consider our duty, but we’re often not so happy about it.

Oswald Chambers put his finger on this unthankful attitude when he said:

“The will of God is the gladdest, brightest, most bountiful thing possible to conceive, and yet some of us talk of the will of God with a terrific sigh—‘Oh well, I suppose it is the will of God,’ as if His will were the most calamitous thing that could befall us… We become spiritual whiners and talk pathetically about ‘suffering the will of the Lord.’ Where is the majestic vitality and might of the Son of God about that!”

True thankfulness is more than being grateful for what we possess. It’s an attitude that permeates our relationship with the Lord so that we may serve Him with gladness and joy.

Then let us adore and give Him His right,
All glory and power, all wisdom and might,
All honor and blessing, with angels above,
And thanks never ceasing for infinite love.
~ Wesley

For the Christian, thanksgiving is not just a day but a way of life.

Adapted from Gladly! by David C. McCasland

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  1. Dear Friend,
    Your words are insightful. I often need to be reminded to serve the Lord with gladness. Too often, my attitude is grudging. Thank you for this post. You asked if you could publish the poem, You Are Loved, that is on Grateful Heart. I would be delighted!!!
    I look forward to reading it over here!
    Your sister in Christ, Patti

    • Hi Patti,
      Thanks for stopping by and sharing. Wish i could claim this one as my own, but this one was “borrowed”. Nevertheless, the message is a good one that we ALL need to be reminded of.

      Thanks for agreeing to let me publish your poem. I hope/plan to do so in the next few days. Please keep us in your prayers, Patti. Look out for a facebook friend request, if that is okay with you… if not, that’s fine too. Either way we can still work together in the Kingdom of God.

      God Bless you, my sister in Christ.

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