With Thanksgiving just around the corner, it is fitting to focus on a thankful heart. Are you one of those teen girls who is thankful for everything her parents have provided for her? Or are you one of those teen girls who is never satisfied with what she has? Today’s Bible verse encourages us to come before God with a thankful heart and to sin praises (psalms) to Him.
I love Noah Webster’s definition of the word psalm:
A sacred song or hymn; a song composed on a divine subject and in praise of God. The most remarkable psalms are those composed by David and other Jewish saints, a collection of one hundred and fifty of which constitutes a canonical book of the Old Testament, called Psalms, or the book of Psalms. The word is also applied to sacred songs composed by modern poets, being versifications of the scriptural psalms, or of these with other parts of Scripture, composed for the use of churches; as the Psalms of Tate and Brady, of Watts, etc.
Can you imagine how our Heavenly Father feels when a teen girl comes before Him when she prays with this kind of grateful and thankful prayer? Can you imagine what it would be like if all of God’s children would make this joyful noise to Him with this kind of sacred psalm? I have chill bumps just thinking about it.
I know how blessed I am when my children are thankful for their blessings in life and say so. Do you tell your parents how thankful you are for what they have done for you? Why not try it? You may give them a heart attack 😉 Seriously, though, you should tell them as often as possible just how thankful you are that the Lord has given you such great parents 🙂
How much more does your Heavenly Father love it when you come to Him and give thanks!!! All blessings come from Him. God enjoys blessing His children just as your parents enjoy blessing you, teen girl. Do you think your parents like it when you are ungrateful? Of course not. Nor should you be ungrateful to your precious Heavenly Father. After all, He sent His only Son to take your punishment for sin so that you may inherit eternal life! There is no better reason to be thankful!
Share with me today as we start preparing our hearts for one of the best holidays this country has. Yes, the world has turned it into a money-making holiday. Remember, teen girl, why we are thankful and sing sacred psalms to the One who has provided for us. I can think of many reasons why I am thankful – not just at Thanksgiving but every day: my salvation, my husband, my family, my Pastor, my dear friends, my church family, my health, and the list goes on. When I focus on being thankful, I am not thinking about my problems and trials.
If you are one of those teen girls who thinks life revolves around you, repent and pray to your Heavenly Father, seeking forgiveness for being selfish. Ask Him to help you be a grateful and thankful young lady. Then put action to those words and start telling your parents how thankful you are. Start telling the Lord how grateful you are for the blessings He has bestowed upon you. Once you develop a thankful and grateful heart, you won’t be concentrating on what you don’t have but on what you do have 🙂