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The Vision of a Grateful Heart (5 of 12)
Series: The Heavenly Vision - Seeing the Invisible
Dr. Stan Coffey
Psalms 100; 103:1-2
I.THE REALIZATION OF INGRATITUDE
II. THE RECOGNITION OF GOD'S BLESSING
III. THE RESPONSE OF COMMITMENT
I want to speak today on the vision of a grateful heart. In this Thanksgiving season, I believe that we need to have a heavenly vision and that comes from a grateful heart. I want you to turn to Psalms 100 and then we are going to look at Psalms 103, the vision of a grateful heart.
I believe one of the greatest motives for serving Jesus Christ is the motive of gratitude because we are grateful, because of what He has done for us we have a desire to serve Him.
I don't know about you but I don't serve the Lord because I'm afraid He is going to punish me if I don't. I serve the Lord because I love the Lord. I serve Jesus from love and I love Him because He first loved me and I love Him because of what He continually does for me. How could I do anything less than to serve Him? Amen?
The psalmist had that kind of vision of gratitude. In Psalms 100 he said, "MAKE A JOYFUL NOISE UNTO THE LORD ALL YE LANDS, SERVE THE LORD WITH GLADNESS AND COME BEFORE HIS PRESENCE WITH SINGING; KNOW YE THAT THE LORD HE IS GOD. IT IS HE THAT HAS MADE US AND NOT WE OURSELVES,
WE ARE HIS PEOPLE AND THE SHEEP OF HIS PASTURE. ENTER INTO HIS GATES WITH THANKSGIVING AND INTO HIS COURTS WITH PRAISE; BE THANKFUL UNTO HIM AND BLESS HIS NAME FOR THE LORD IS GOOD. HIS MERCE IS EVERLASTING AND HIS TRUTH ENDURETH TO ALL GENERATIONS."
Then just turn right over to Psalms 103 and look at Verse 1; there are so many we could turn to but in this Psalms he says, "BLESS THE LORD, O MY SOUL AND ALL THAT IS WITHIN ME, BLESS HIS HOLY NAME. BLESS THE LORD, O MY SOUL AND FORGET NOT ALL HIS BENEFITS."
The reason our forefathers who came to this country seeking a place where they might worship God according to the dictates of their own heart and conscience, la ...
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