Ten Thousand Reasons ...
I love Matt Redman's song, Ten Thousand Reasons (Bless the Lord). I wonder if anyone has ever counted the ten thousand reasons to bless and thank the Lord? Some of the lyrics go like this:
For all Your goodness
I will keep on singing
Ten thousand reasons
For my heart to find.
Gratitude is an essential spiritual discipline. Giving thanks to God will help you grow in godliness as you put the Lord and his goodness in the center of your heart and mind. Gratitude chases away any evil thought that the Lord is not good and for that reason is withholding something good from us.
My go-to Bible passage when I need to refresh my thanks to God is Ephesians chapter one. I've been going back there often since I came to faith in 1977. Ephesians 1 is an avalanche of examples of God's grace and goodness to undeserving sinners like me - one after another thunders at my cold heart. Those of us who are in Christ have been:
Blessed with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places.
Chosen to be holy and blameless before God.
Adopted as sons (heirs of God's riches).
Redeemed through the blood of Christ (the cross frees us from the power and penalty of sin today and the presence of sin in eternity).
Enlightened as to God's plan for the fullness of time.
And on and on it goes. Ten thousand blessings to remember and rehearse to the Lord.
Life changes. Times are good and times are bad. Our feelings are unstable. But the Word of God stays the same forever and it always gives us rock-solid, unchanging reasons to give thanks.
Gratitude is more than an attitude. It is a way of life. It is an act of worship. It is a guardrail against a sinful turned-inward life. It is a pathway to godliness.
"Thanks be to God for his inexpressible gift!" - 2 Corinthians 9:15