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Sermon Follow-up, Nov. 25, 12

11.26.12 | Sermons

Outrageous Generosity—Kyle York

 

I waited patiently for the Lord;
And He inclined to me and heard my cry.
He brought me up out of the pit of destruction, out of the miry clay,
And He set my feet upon a rock making my footsteps firm.
He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God;
Many will see and fear
And will trust in the Lord.
(Psalm 40:1-3)

There is something about our nature that makes us hope for the best but prepare for the worst. It’s almost as if we are looking for reasons to be ungrateful. Instead, we need to be grateful no matter what our circumstances. But it’s more than just being thankful, it’s about beginning and ending with the person of God. He should be the center and core of our gratefulness.

In this Psalm, you can see that David waited patiently for the Lord in the midst of his circumstances, and was persistent in His pursuit of the Lord. He changed his perspective—that’s what we need to do. We need to change our perspective by not looking at our circumstance but looking at Jesus. The more we think about Jesus, who God is in our lives and what He has done for us, the longer our list of thankfulness will be.

No matter what, God has redeemed us. He is trustworthy. He is constant.

If we let gratitude dominate our hearts, pursue Jesus and grow deeper, the outcome will be an overflow of gratitude.

Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, having been firmly rooted and now being built up in Him and established in your faith, just as you were instructed, and overflowing with gratitude.” (Colossians 2:6-7)

There are times in life when everything isn’t good, but in everything God is good. Our circumstances don’t define who we are, God does.

So focus on God, let Him be at the core of your heart and sit on the throne of your life, because no matter what, He is still our Redeemer.

Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)