Saturday, December 1, 2012

The Power of Praise An Attitude of Gratitude by Martin Wiles

Series: The Power of Praise

Who ever said antique dealers could always turn a dollar? My wife and I had “stuff” no one wanted and needed things we didn’t have-at the moment, gas in the tank and juice and milk in the frig.

Auctions and personal experience have taught us tables and chairs aren’t easy to sell, but we had one that needed to disappear. A smaller home had eliminated our need for it; at the same time we weren’t interested in giving it away. A few buyer nibbles had led to dead ends-until now. As my wife talked with a couple we were friends with, she happened to mention our table. It was just what they were looking for, and they dispensed our asking price without haggling or even knowing how desperate we were for the greenbacks. And of course, we offered a silent prayer of gratitude to God for once again rescuing us. 

Many of the Psalms end with the exclamatory remark, “Praise the Lord!” David’s list of reasons to praise God could fill a book. One was his confidence that God reigned. The LORD will reign forever....Praise the LORD! (Psalm 146:10 NLT)

Praise is a means of offering gratitude to God for his past and present blessings and also expresses faith that he’ll provide for our future needs. As a part of speech, grateful is an adjective meaning thankful. Adjectives modify and describe nouns. Nouns are persons, places, things or ideas. We are nouns, and grateful should be the adjective describing our attitude toward God. He promises to care for our every need because we’re his children and because he loves us. And he never reneges on his word. God’s contract to meet your needs is unalterable, indestructible and eternal. Let your praise reflect gratitude over God’s love for you.

Prayer: Merciful Father, though unworthy of Your love, we express gratitude for Your love and concern. We thank You for needs met in the past and have faith You’ll guide our every step into a bright future.