A THANKFUL HEART
Week One – you have all week to study, meditate, respond, and pray about this topic
A personal story: Overwhelmed and weary from all I had to do, I complained to my mother. I was tired and worried about so many things. The one who caused me to roll my eyes on many occasions had somehow morphed into a wealthy storehouse of wisdom. It’s true our parents get smarter the older we get! I’ve never forgotten her gentle reminder.
She said to look for opportunities to be thankful in the midst of trials and turmoil. Instead of complaining, thank God for simple things often taken for granted. Like family. Food on the table. A salary that pays the bills. The ability to walk. You get the idea.
In these lessons, I hope to help us focus on the power of a thankful heart. Even the world says a good attitude is everything. And being grateful is a lifestyle, not just something we do on the fourth Thursday in November.
Let’s take a look at what the Bible says about cultivating a thankful heart attitude. Here are some instructions for these weekly lessons to be posted every Monday:
Read each week’s passage in two or more versions of the Bible. It’s a good idea to write your answers in a notebook and then post your comments on Facebook. It will hopefully prompt a lot of good discussion from those participating. Suggestion: download an app from Bible Gateway to bring up three different versions on the screen at one time. It’s a great tool.
Read Psalm 92:1-5 in two or more versions.
1. Why do you think the psalmist says it is “good” to praise the Lord? Does that means there’s a personal benefit? (Check out other versions for a clue).
2. What are some ways that help us form the praise habit? What might you consider doing on a sleepless night?
3. According to this passage, what has God done that should make us grateful? Now make a list of personal blessings.
4. The Message gives us a blatant rebuke in Psalm 92:6. “Dullards never notice what you do; fools never do get it.” Is there anything you’ve not been noticing?
5. Share honestly what keeps you from expressing thanks to God. What steps might you take this week to overcome complaining, depression, or worry?
As you study these verses and read what others have shared, take note of who is struggling. Do you identify with their comments? As you post your own hindrance to praise, let that person know you understand and are praying for them. They just might pray for you. It’s what the Body of Christ is all about!
Remember, I expect you to respond and interact with me and with others on our Facebook page. May God bless us as we study and interact together around His Word.