Gratitude Results From God's Character
Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth!
Serve the Lord with gladness!
Come into his presence with singing!
Know that the Lord, he is God!
It is he who made us, and we are his;
we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
and his courts with praise!
Give thanks to him; bless his name!
For the Lord is good;
his steadfast love endures forever,
and his faithfulness to all generations. — Psalm 100:1-5
One of the iconic images of God in the Bible is that of the Shepherd. To some degree, we feel distant from knowing the meaning behind this image because we don't live in an agrarian society as the Israelites did. But God, who is pictured here as the "Shepherd" of his people, is a powerful image. This image conveys something about God and his character. That he is one who:
But there is an underlying inference communicated by this image. That he is the Shepherd and we are not. We are merely the one of his flock. We are a lamb among a multitude of sheep. And a lamb allows the Shepherd to lead, judge, provide, protect, and save. And what results from the Shepherd's character is our obedience and an attitude of gratitude. So much so it results in a song of thankfulness. And this is what this psalm was — a very familiar song of gratefulness to God.
Today I want you to identify one character attribute of God for which you are grateful. Maybe it is one of the five I have already mentioned, or perhaps something different. Share that one word below, and then lift your voice in praise, thanking the Good Shepherd for what he has done for you.
ASK THIS: What is one character trait or attribute of God for which you are thankful? (Share it below.)
DO THIS: Share that below and praise and thank him for being this to you.
PRAY THIS: God, thank you for your character and care of me.
PLAY THIS: Grateful — Elevation Worship.
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