A Thankful Heart

Lord, help me to have a thankful heart, even if things seem to have gone wrong,
For it’s only by trusting in Your love, that the faith in my heart remains strong.

Help me to see what’s been good, and how You have touched my days;
Then, in thinking upon such things, my words will be given to praise.

Help me to thank You, in faith, for any specific blessing I might desire;
Let thankfulness be my “prayer” always, for it’s that which will lift me higher.

Help me to thank You in front of problems–there’s benefit and healing in laughter,
Believing in Your solutions before they’re seen–not waiting to have joy ’til after.

Keep me from forgetting to count blessings, or of thinking only of my own concerns;
For it’s in considering the various needs of others, that any discontent turns.

Help me to look to Your finished work and Your victory for us through the cross;
As the Israelites looked at the serpent on a pole, only then were they kept from loss.

Help me to learn from Your example, of earnestly seeking Your Father’s will,
So that I may do the same with my own life, seeking His plan to follow and fulfill.

Yes, even if I’ve gone through something hard or have come to a difficult place,
Help me to thank You for being there with Your presence, Your love, and Your grace.

P. A. Oltrogge

“Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.” Psalm 100:4 NKJV

“Through Him then, let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that give thanks to His name.” Hebrews 13:15

“To Thee I shall offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving, and call upon the name of the Lord.” Psalm 116:17

“A merry heart makes a cheerful countenance, but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.” Proverbs 15:13 NKJV

“All the days of the afflicted are evil, but he who is of a merry heart has a continual feast.” Proverbs 15:15 NKJV

“A merry heart does good, like a medicine, but a broken spirit dries the bones.” Proverbs 17:22 NKJV

“The Lord your God in your midst, the Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.” Zephaniah 3:17

“And the Lord said to Moses, ‘Make a fiery serpent (of bronze) and set it on a pole; and everyone who is bitten, when he looks at it, shall live.'” Numbers 21:8 AMP

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