Gratitude Results From God's Character

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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:

  1. Leads.
  2. Judges.
  3. Provides.
  4. Protects.
  5. Saves.

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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71 thoughts on “Gratitude Results From God’s Character

  1. Jack Dellinger says:

    Protects. So many places/times that I look back and see God’s protection kept me safe – from self, others, circumstances.

  2. Jim says:

    I give thanks to God for providing me with everything I have, meeting all of my needs and many of my wants.

  3. Dennis James says:

    His compassion. Without knowing his compassion I would fall off the edge of the proverbial cliff.

  4. Jason says:

    I am thankful for his mercy and bringing people into my life that speak truth. Thank you Vince for being one of those people!

  5. Ed says:

    Protects
    I can reflect back on more than a few instances God has graciously protected me even despite my shortcomings
    So grateful and thankful

  6. Roger says:

    I am grateful for God‘s mercy, for without it I would be doomed. Jesus has taken my place on the cross and therefore I receive mercy instead of what I rightfully deserve! Thanks be to God!

  7. Joel says:

    Today I am thankful for God to provider. Not necessarily the provider of what we wear what we will eat but the provider of strength when we are weak and the strength to overcome that which would draw our attention away from him.

  8. Jason B. Taylor says:

    “Jehovah Jireh” – God saw my family’s needs and provided; God will see my family’s future needs and will provide!

  9. Donny Lill says:

    Emapathy – Servant Leadership
    Thank you Lord for giving me the ability to help others with their feelings and needs in focus.

  10. Brian says:

    God is the provider. Looking back God provided even when I was not following Him. I have done so much evil, and while I am face consequences He has not given me what I truly deserve. Thank you Lord for your mercy.

  11. Michael B says:

    His patient and unending grace. My redeemer.
    I am thankful for you Vince and your faithfulness in ministry too.

  12. Trent says:

    I would be hard pressed to describe in words what I am thankful for in God’s character. I find it most seemingly fit to describe on my knees with tears. Thank you Father for all that you are when I do not deserve it. I guess I would say…. His Love

  13. Brad Akers says:

    I am thankful that he saves and his grace. There is no telling where I would be if he didn’t save me from my sinful life, His grace we don’t deserve, but freely get.

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  14. SHELDON Bullard says:

    Faithful, even when I am not faithful to His word or call He remains faithful.
    I am thankful to Him for that.

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  15. Robert Miranda says:

    His Omnipresence. He is transcendent and immanent. His presence in me and all around. I am not lonely. I am known.
    Thank you, Vince. Bless you. 🙏❤️

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