Friday, April 24, 2009

Thanksgiving And Joy

Focus verses: Psalm 95

Let us sing for joy to the Lord. Sometimes we don't feel joyful. How do we sing then?

If we remember who God is and what He has done for us, we can get a better perspective on why we don't feel joyful. Generally it's because we are concentrating on some external circumstance or condition that appears to be negative.

Finding the joy comes from remembering that He is the rock of our salvation. When we focus on God, who He is and what He has done for us, the current negatives of our situation seem to fade into the background.

When we think of all He has done for us, we cultivate an attitude of gratitude. Living with this thanksgiving is what gives us the joy of the Lord.

When we praise Him, we draw closer to Him. He inhabits the praises of His people. Singing for the joy of the Lord is one of our highest callings - whether we can sing on key or not. We are called to make a joyful noise unto the Lord.

Father, God,

Keep our minds on You and all that You have done for us. Help us not to be distracted by circumstances, but always focused on Your generosity to us.
In Jesus' most precious name.

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