If we see a person with an attitude of gratitude, their basic approach to life would be thankful. The book of Psalms show us that David had attitude of gratitude, especially towards God. David authored at least 74 of the 150 psalms. 12 of those 74 psalms are identified as songs of praise or thanksgiving. David understood that everything good he had, God had given him.
An Attitude of Gratitude is Humble
Think about David’s position as a king. As an earthly king David had position, authority, and power, but he did not esteem his own abilities, strength, or his kingship. He remained humble and kept an attitude of gratitude. He recognized that God gave him all that position, authority, and power. Therefore, David’s basic approach to God was thanksgiving and praise.
Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise.
Be thankful to Him and bless His name.
I think David understood that an attitude of gratitude moved him away from self-sufficiency to a close encounter with God. Self-sufficiency says, I’m good. I’ve got this. We know from Revelation 3:14-22 when Jesus spoke to the church at Laodecia that He was not impressed with their self-sufficiency. Jesus told the Laodecian church that He would spew them out or His mouth because they said, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ Jesus responded to their self-sufficiency saying, “But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked.”
How An Attitude of Gratitude Relates To The Needy
Someone who has this kind of attitude is probably not the most appreciative or thankful person. In the world we live in, someone who is needy is not highly esteemed. However, living with an attitude of gratitude will only come from someone who knows they have a need. A person in need is much more likely to be thankful when their needs are met.
David was a man in need because scholars identify 43 of his 74 psalms as prayers of lament or prayers of need. Yes, David was a king, but David recognized that He needed God. So David prayed needy prayers.
Do you have a need today? I think even that is something to be thankful for because need and thankfulness fit together. When I faced needs in my life and God came through and gave me something that met those needs, I was thankful.
We All Have Reasons To Be Thankful!
God working in our life is something to be thankful for. Paul teaches us to be thankful in all things as I wrote about in a previous blog post, Thankful in Everything and All Things. The truth is we would not even have breath in our body if it were not for God. We need God and God in His goodness and faithfulness gives us good gifts every single day. Let’s live our life laced with an attitude of gratitude. Let’s set an intention to be thankful to God and be thankful in all our relationships.