Rejoice in the Lord

As we approach Thanksgiving here in Canada I want to spend the next couple of weeks focusing on being Thankful.  David wrote in Psalm 33:1, "Rejoice in the Lord, all the righteous for praise is comely or beautiful for the upright."  Praise is a natural outgrowth of a life that is centered in God.  You just want to thank the Lord.  Recently I have been focusing more and more on my prayer life.  I have wanted to draw close to God and what has been happening is God has been doing greater and greater things in my life and world.  It is amazing when you give more of your life to Christ that more wonderful things happen.  David understood this because the Bible says that He was a man after God’s own heart.  David understood that praise and worship were attitudes of the heart expressed.  When you love God and are thankful for what He has done in your life you want the whole world to know.  Jesus said, "Those that are forgiven much, love much."  When you know what God has done for you.  You want to shout, boast and give thanks for what He has done.  Paul said if you want to boast, boast in the Lord.  So you say what should I boast about?  First, boast about the wonderful salvation you have been given.  You were a sinner and now you are a saint.  Boast in in constant care and love.   Boast of His provision.  Tell others that God is your friend and your are His.  Boast about how all of heaven is at your disposal through prayer.  Boast about the healing you have through the broken body of Jesus Christ.  Boast about how you are in a huge family called the church or body of Christ.  These are just a few.  Praise is thanking the Lord for what He has done so do that today and others will want what you have.