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Attitude of Gratitude

Dec 01, 2019

Passage:Psalms 107:1-3

Preacher: John Welborn

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December 1, 2019

Pastor John Welborn

Attitude of Gratitude

Psalm 107:1-3

“The single dynamic that helps people be most aware of God & most experiencing the fruit of the Spirit is gratitude.”  John Ortberg

Main Idea: Being a Follower of Jesus Results in a Constant Attitude of Gratitude

“Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever! Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, whom he has redeemed from trouble & gathered in from the lands, from the east & from the west, from the north & from the south.”  Psalm 107:1-3

I. The Direction of Gratitude - “Oh give thanks to the LORD…”

“Every good gift & every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights...” James 1:17a

“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”  1 Thessalonians 5:18

What about the bad stuff: loss, pain, disappointment, sickness & hard times? We must learn to thank God for those things, too.

“Shall we receive good from God, & shall we not receive evil?” Job 2:10b

“Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, & endurance produces character, & character produces hope, & hope does not put us to shame…”  Romans 5:3-5a

II. The Reason for Gratitude “…for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!”

“’Naked I came from my mother’s womb, & naked shall I return. The LORD gave, & the LORD has taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.’ In all this Job did not sin or charge God with wrong.” Job 1:21b-22

“…because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person – though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die – but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”  Romans 5:5b-8

“Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:13

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16

III. The People of Gratitude – “Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, whom he has redeemed from trouble & gathered in from the lands, from the east & from the west, from the north & from the south. 

“Whatever others may think or say, the redeemed have overwhelming reasons for declaring the goodness of the Lord. Theirs is a peculiar redemption, & for it they ought to render peculiar praise. The Redeemer is so glorious, the ransom price so immense, & the redemption so complete, that they are under sevenfold obligations to give thanks unto the Lord, & to exhort others to do so.” Charles Haddon Spurgeon

Great is Thy faithfulness, O God my Father. There is no shadow of turning with thee. Thou changest not, thy compassions they fail not. As thou hast been thou forever wilt be. 

Great is thy Faithfulness, Great is Thy Faithfulness! Morning by morning new mercies I see. All I have needed thy hand hath provided. Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord unto me!

Summer & winter & springtime & harvest. Sun, moon, & stars in their courses above; join with all nature in manifold witness, to Thy great faithfulness, mercy & love. 

Great is thy Faithfulness, Great is Thy Faithfulness! Morning by morning new mercies I see. All I have needed thy hand hath provided. Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord unto me!

Pardon for sin & a peace that endureth, Thine own dear presence to cheer & to guide; Strength for today & bright hope for tomorrow. Blessings all mine with ten thousand beside.

Great is thy Faithfulness, Great is Thy Faithfulness! Morning by morning new mercies I see. All I have needed thy hand hath provided. Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord unto me!  Thomas Obadiah Chisholm

“And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching & admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms & hymns & spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”  Colossians 3:15-17

“For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, & when he had given thanks, he broke it, & said, ‘This is my body, which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.’ In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.’ For as often as you eat this bread & drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes. Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty concerning the body & the blood of the Lord. Let a person examine himself, then, & so eat of the bread & drink of the cup. For anyone who eats & drinks without discerning the body eats & drinks judgment on himself.”  1 Corinthians 11:23-29

Sources and Further Reading Opportunities:

  • The Wiersbe Bible Commentary – Warren Wiersbe (2007)
  • Word Pictures in the New Testament – A.T. Robertson (1933)
  • Swindoll’s Ultimate Book of Illustrations & Quotes – Charles R. Swindoll (1998)
  • The Treasury of David – Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1869)