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An Attitude of Gratitude . . .

An Attitude of Gratitude . . .

Don't you love to walk down memory lane and bask in the sunshine of God's glorious grace? With Thanksgiving approaching, my walk focused on the church of my youth where I was saved as a nine-year old. My spiritual father/pastor was the late Dr. C. C. Stone at Central Baptist Church in Port Neches, Texas. He was the most humble, kind, gentle, and persistent soul-winner I have ever known. (He later became my Greek teacher at East Texas Baptist Collage.)

When God blessed our church (including baptisms, note burnings), Dr. Stone taught our church to say: "Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me. Bless His holy name. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits." Psalm 103:1-2 (NKJV) As I came up from the beautiful baptismal waters, I could hear the Assembly say, "Bless the Lord, O my soul."

But there's more. David listed several reasons why each believer should have an "Attitude of Gratitude." These promises are found in the next verses.

Be Thankful for the Forgiveness of Sins. "Who forgives all your iniquities" (see Psalm 103:3). I am thankful for God sending His "only begotten son" (see John 3:16) to forgive my sins and for burying them in the deepest sea. Without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness of sins. I am thankful.

Be Thankful for Healing. "Who heals all your diseases" (see Psalm 103:3). I recently heard the most beautiful words: "Your cancer is in remission." After two facial surgeries and 30 radiation treatments, those words would make a cold Baptist shout! I am thankful.

Be Thankful Because He Redeems us. "Who redeems your life from destruction" (see Psalm 103:4). I can hear the song now: "Redeemed, how I love to proclaim it! Redeemed by the blood of the Lamb!" We have been redeemed, ransomed, and our sin debt has been paid in full. I am thankful!

Be Thankful Because He Crowns Us. "Who crowns you with loving kindness and tender mercies" (see Psalm 103: 4). Because we have a redeemed soul living in an unredeemed body, we are thankful that Christ looked upon us, not with justice which we deserve, but with a multitude of tender mercies. His grace is greater than our sins. I'm thankful.

Be Thankful He Satisfies Us. "Who satisfied our mouth with good things" (see Psalm 103:5). He gives us day-by-day our daily bread. That's why we give thanks before our meals. But I will never forget how good God is. God is good ALL the time! I'm thankful.

An "Attitude of Gratitude" means we are to live simply, serve faithfully, speak the truth, pray daily, live the gospel, and let God be God! "Bless the Lord, O my soul and all that is within me."

Charles Foxworth

Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in Education (Ret.)--Louisiana Tech University -- Ruston, Louisiana
Supply Minister for Concord/Union Baptist Association



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