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Oh come, let us sing to the Lord;
    let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation
 Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving;

    let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!
 For the Lord is a great God,
    and a great King above all gods.
 In his hand are the depths of the earth;
    the heights of the mountains are his also.
 The sea is his, for he made it,
    and his hands formed the dry land.

 Oh come, let us worship and bow down;
    let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker!
 For he is our God,
    and we are the people of his pasture,
    and the sheep of his hand.
Today, if you hear his voice,
     do not harden your hearts, as at Meribah,
    as on the day at Massah in the wilderness,
 when your fathers put me to the test
    and put me to the proof, though they had seen my work.
 For forty years I loathed that generation
    and said, “They are a people who go astray in their heart,
    and they have not known my ways.”
 Therefore I swore in my wrath,
    “They shall not enter my rest.”

Psalm 95

There is very little to add to this, is there? Being thankful is not something that comes easy to any any of us. Making time to pause to think about the things we are thankful for is an important habit to develop.

Why? Because that feeling of entitlement is so easy to fall into. It is easy to feel bad about what we don’t have or look longingly at what others have that we don’t.

It truly is a spiritual discipline to stop and think about the blessings GOD has given us, often in the middle of hard times, that we don’t think about or even appreciate. GOD is good to His children. It’s just that from our perspective, it doesn’t always look good at the time.

It truly is a spiritual discipline to stop and think about the blessings GOD has given us Click To Tweet

The important thing is that we worship and not harden our hearts in unbelief as many in Israel did at Meribah. It is in bowing before our Maker that we will enter into the rest that He has made for our souls.

So as we worship and praise Him, not only this week, but in the year to come, let us praise Him for His goodness to us. Let us kneel before our Maker as we worship Him!