Whole hearted thanks giving

In Monday’s post I said I will reflect in this post on possible reasons our thanks giving to God can be half-hearted. Currently, I have only one possible reason. I am not saying there is only one possible reason; it is just that only one came to mind. 🙂 Before I share it, can we pause and give our Father God  thanks for His faithfulness? Thanks for joining me.

Psalm 138:1 (NKJV) was the verse I focused on Monday. It states, “I will praise You with my whole heart…” One definition of wholehearted is marked by complete earnest commitment :  free from all reserve or hesitation. Synonyms of wholehearted include whole-souled. When we give God wholehearted thanks, we are thanking Him with all that we are and without reservation or hesitation. Antonyms of wholehearted include grudging and halfhearted. Definitions of halfhearted are lacking heart, spirit, or interest. 

God is unchanging and since He never changes, if we offer Him wholehearted thanks in any given moment, then He deserves wholehearted thanks always. What can change our thanks giving from wholehearted to halfhearted? Our emotions. Our emotions too often are dictated by our circumstances and can change multiple times over a short period.  Consequently, when we base our thanks giving on how we feel, then the nature of our thanks giving can transform from wholehearted to halfhearted, as our emotions change. Although it can be hard to admit, it is true that sometimes we feel betrayed by God. At other times we are disappointed in Him. On occasion we can even resent the fact that He did not grant us the desires for which we pleaded. Whatever our feelings about God are, they are influenced by our perception of Him. In light of the powerful influence of our perception on how we relate to our Father God, we desperately need our perception of Him to be based on an intimate, growing, accurate knowledge of our Father God and base our thanksgiving on His unchanging character, not our changing emotions. When our thanks giving is based on His unchanging character, our thanks giving will increasingly become wholehearted.

I would appreciate hearing your thoughts on reasons why our thanks giving to God can be halfhearted. Please share them in the comments. Thanks.

All definitions used are from http://www.merriam-webster.com.

 

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5 thoughts on “Whole hearted thanks giving

  1. I go to Psalm 42 often where David is admonishing his soul to hope in God. Martin Lloyd Jones has a great quote that says: “Have you realized that most of your unhappiness in life is due to the fact that you are listening to yourself instead of talking to yourself? Take those thoughts that come to you the moment you wake up in the morning. You have not originated them but they are talking to you, they bring back the problems of yesterday, etc. Somebody is talking. Who is talking to you? Your self is talking to you. Now this man’s treatment [in Psalm 42] was this: instead of allowing this self to talk to him, he starts talking to himself. “Why art thou cast down, O my soul?” he asks. His soul had been depressing him, crushing him. So he stands up and says, “Self, listen for moment, I will speak to you.”

  2. This thought of yours, that we should “base our thanksgiving on His unchanging character, not our changing emotions” really speaks to me. As you’ve written, I need to thank God more for “His unchanging character.”

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