In spite of what we think we really do live in privileged times. More than any other time in history more of us have more than we need, but not necessarily want. More access to information, better education, more choices more opportunities and more recourses. Although this is true many live with a sense of lack or want in our souls this has for some grown to be so powerful it drives our lives and determines our choices. The haves have more and are in violent pursuit of treasure not stopping to consider the cost to their lives. One of the fruits of this is the sense that we deserve more, need more and are entitled to more. This distracts us from appreciating what we have and valuing what we have been given and leaves us lacking in gratitude and thankfulness. In the upside down Kingdom of Heaven more isn’t always more, often less is more. We must guard our hearts against any sense of entitlement it will rob us of true abundance and heavenly blessing. It will undermine the purpose of God to train our hearts and minds to become overcomes and it will leave us with a bad taste in our mouths otherwise known as bitterness.
A Psalm for giving thanks. Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth! Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into his presence with singing! Know that the Lord, he is God! It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name! For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations Psalm 100: