The psalmist shows us that the state of thanksgiving in our hearts and lives has a progression to it. Thanksgiving takes on a note of praise. The words of a Christian should give proof that our praising God is a privilege both public and private. The private or personal invades to enhance the public and the public praising creates a host for personal praise.
Public Praise … Enter into His gates
Corporate worship is the time we enter into the gates … the opening of praising God. What is your attitude in worship.
. . get it over or I can’t get over it? Are you thankful the service is over or are you thankful to be serving? Public praise worship is the real barometer of our personal worship of God. The heart and voice attitude is . . . “We praise You God!”
Personal Praise … And into His courts
The gates made entry into the presence and the courts lend themselves to our private or personal times of praising God. Do you have those times? The personal worship impacts the public. The heart and voice attitude is . . . “I praise You God!”
Privileged Praise … Be thankful and bless His name
If our hearts are geared to the public and private arenas of praise we will discover the privilege of praise.
Warren Wiersbe states, “I have felt for a long time that one of the particular temptations of the maturing Christian is the danger of getting accustomed to his blessings. Like the world traveler who has been everywhere and seen everything, the maturing Christian is in danger of taking his blessings for granted and getting so accustomed to them that they fail to excite him as they once did.”
Why did only one cleansed leper return to praise and give thanks to Jesus?
- One waited to see if the cure was real.
- One waited to see if it would last.
- One said he would see Jesus later.
- One decided that he had never had leprosy.
- One said he would have gotten well anyway.
- One gave the glory to the priests.
- One said, “O, well, Jesus didn’t really do anything.”
- One said, “Any rabbi could have done it.”
- One said, “I was already much improved.”
Do they sound like us? Have we become accustomed to God’s blessings? The progression of our thanksgiving will lead us to see it as a privilege in both public and personal praise.
The Person of Thanksgiving – vs. 5
A Christian’s words should be, “Hey folks, God is so good!” He was right in line with the psalmist who identifies God as good, full of mercy and truth. What else could we want to stimulate our hearts to be thankful?
God is Good … For the Lord is good
God is good all the time! All the time God is good! God cannot help but be good! His loving acts toward mankind are always wrapped in His goodness and love. God is good!
God is Mercy … His mercy is everlasting
Mercy always triumphs over judgment. (James 2:13) Christ is God’s mercy to man! Think about that a moment. Let it sink in our hearts and lives and it will be geared our hearts to giving thanks to God for His everlasting mercy that is directed to us today and will be in the tomorrow and into eternity!
God is Truth … His truth endureth to all generations
God doesn’t lie. What He tells us today will be true tomorrow and into all generations. It was true for the psalmist who penned these words and it is true to you and I who read these words. Now give Him thanks!
Conclusion: Let me put this entire psalm into a perspective with this story Take Your Goat into the Room with You
In Budapest, a man goes to the rabbi and complains, “Life is unbearable. There are nine of us living in one room. What can I do?” The rabbi answers, “Take your goat into the room with you.” The man in incredulous, but the rabbi insists. “Do as I say and come back in a week.” A week later the man comes back looking more distraught than before. “We cannot stand it,” he tells the rabbi. “The goat is filthy.” The rabbi then tells him, “Go home and let the goat out. And come back in a week.” A radiant man returns to the rabbi a week later, exclaiming, “Life is beautiful. We enjoy every minute of it now that there’s no goat—only the nine of us.”
Will you be a one who fills the table and room with a bountiful supply of thanksgiving? Be thankful!