“i will offer to You the sacrifice of thanksgiving, and will call upon the name of the Lord.”
Being thankful in times of blessing is easy. Being thankful in times of burden is not.
The seed of gratitude is rooted in a devoted heart. The selfness of ingratitude is a result of a divided heart. It’s impossible to bless God and curse Him at the same time.
It comes down to trusting God by thanking Him. When put in a position of loss, discomfort or disappointment, an initial response of ingratitude can take us to the precipice of rebellion to God’s purpose and rejection of God’s plan.
Appreciation moves us from a place of self-pity, complaining and entitlement . . . to a place of satisfaction, contentment and endowment.
Thanking God in everything is a sacrifice of praise in a supply of prayer which results in a source of power and a satisfaction of peace.
“Do not be anxious about anything. Instead, in every situation, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, tell your requests to God. And the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” (Phil 4:6, 7)