Between the advancements of technology and modern convenience, we are rarely left in want of anything in our first-world nation. We expect to get what we want, not just what we need.
We pass through life barely acknowledging the presence of these blessings in our lives or reaching a depth of true gratitude. Rarely do we think twice about our wants and needs, unless they are left unfulfilled of course.
Gratitude Word Study
GRAT’ITUDE, noun [Latin gratitudo, from gratus, pleasing.]
An emotion of the heart, excited by a favor or benefit received; a sentiment of kindness or good will towards a benefactor; thankfulness. gratitude is an agreeable emotion, consisting in or accompanied with good will to a benefactor, and a disposition to make a suitable return of benefits or services, or when no return can be made, with a desire to see the benefactor prosperous and happy. gratitude is a virtue of the highest excellence, as it implies a feeling and generous heart, and a proper sense of duty. (emphasis mine)
The love of God is the sublimest gratitude.
[American Dictionary of the English Language, Noah Webster, 1828]
Gratitude is a synonym of thankfulness.
Scripture To Study & Thoughts To Ponder
I will praise thee with my whole heart: before the gods will I sing praise unto thee. I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name. In the day when I cried thou answeredst me, and strengthenedst me with strength in my soul. All the kings of the earth shall praise thee, O Lord, when they hear the words of thy mouth. Yea, they shall sing in the ways of the Lord: for great is the glory of the Lord. Psalm 138:1-5
O come, let us sing unto the Lord: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation. Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms. For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods. In his hand are the deep places of the earth: the strength of the hills is his also. The sea is his, and he made it: and his hands formed the dry land. O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the Lord our maker. For he is our God; and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand. Psalm 95:1-7
And as he went, they spread their clothes in the way. And when he was come nigh, even now at the descent of the mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen; Saying, Blessed be the King that cometh in the name of the Lord: peace in heaven, and glory in the highest. And some of the Pharisees from among the multitude said unto him, Master, rebuke thy disciples. And he answered and said unto them, I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out. Luke 19:36-40
Gratitude is the direct result of Grace. It is a “when this, then that” result of salvation through the work of God’s Son.
Because of God’s grace, we have gratitude and a sense of desire to do the will of God. We are not saved by good works, but good works are a fruit of the spirit! (1 Corinthians 12)
It is what should be spilling forth from our minds, hearts, and souls because of the Grace God has shown to us. Gratitude is the deep thankfulness and praise that our soul sings and our mouths can not form words for. It is the natural response that all of God’s creation shouts when Jesus is made known to them. (Psalm 19)
Gratitude is what is expressed when long-term fulfillment is realized versus the fleeting emotion of instant gratification too often found in this world.
The experience of when something has been longed for and prayed for and after many years it is finally brought to pass. When the depth of appreciation overwhelms til the point of tears. When mere words of thanks aren’t enough to repay.
When you consider what our LORD Jesus Christ chose to do for us through His life, death, and resurrection. What He continues to do for us every day and moment.
There simply are no words.
I pray we can practice gratitude every single breath.
Let every thing that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord. Psalm 150:6