A Hymn for Attitude AdjustmentsNov 14, 2023
There's a reason Ephesians 5 exhorts us to give thanks immediately after we're told to sing hymns. Because you can't ever sing a hymn the way God wants you to sing it if you're not thankful first.
When your heart is filled with thankfulness, amazing things start to happen. You'll discover that . . .
- You're not bitter. You can't be bitter and thankful at the same time. It doesn't work!
- You're not self-centered. You're focusing on the Giver of all good things -- physical and spiritual. Especially those spiritual gifts (as our hymn highlights for us).
- You focus on what you do have rather than what you don't have. This breeds spiritual contentment!
- Your heart settles into that peaceful place where you are closest to God. Without discontentment or covetousness or other distractions in our way, we're free to lean in to Him and hear what He has said, receive what He has given and respond to His magnificent love with our own feeble -- yet sincere -- love.
Talk about an attitude adjustment!
Gratitude moves our hearts where they need to be to worship God wholeheartedly.
And there's a hymn for that.
Modern hymn writers Stuart Townend and Keith Getty begin this hymn with:
My heart is filled with thankfulness
To Him who bore my pain;
Who plumbed the depths of my disgrace
And gave me life again;
Who crushed my curse of sinfulness
And clothed me in His light
And wrote His law of righteousness
With pow’r upon my heart.
To see all the lyrics and resources, go here.
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