“He who sacrifices thank offerings honors me, and he prepares the way so that I may show him the salvation of God.” (Psalm 50:23, NIV84)
We live in a world where gratitude is a rare commodity. Most people spend their time asserting their rights or demanding more and more for doing less and less.
The focus of the KingdomNomics thinker is sharply different. The KingdomNomics thinker works to be an effective instrument of God. The focus is on making an impact for the advancement of the kingdom of God, not on asserting personal rights and ambitions.
This passage from Psalm 50 tells us we honor God when we express gratefulness. Not only does a grateful heart honor God, but it prepares the way for God to move in the life of the believer. When we express gratitude to God, we are also expressing faith in him and in his provision for us. This causes God, subject to his sovereign will, to prepare the way for his saving actions in our everyday life.
To express gratitude properly, our attitude must be right toward God, other people, ourselves, possessions, and the world. Expressing gratitude constructively means that we continually adjust our attitude in an affirmative way – one that is pleasing to God and others.
Today, ask yourself:
Am I a grateful person? Do I continually express my gratitude to both God and other people?
Make it your goal to develop a pattern of expressing gratitude. It takes about six weeks to form a habit. Every day for the next six weeks, intentionally express your gratitude in a tangible way to both God and to another person.