Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving. Psalm 95:2

Gratitude is not Limited to the Month of November

Sunday Scripture

I have a bag for everything. Maybe you do as well? If I grab the right bag as I walk out the door, I’m in business. This morning, with “the church bag” in hand, I’m pondering this question:

What do you bring with you when you come to God?

Psalm 95 suggests thanksgiving as cargo:

“Oh come, let us sing to the Lord!
Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation.
Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving;
Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms.”  (Psalm 95:1, 2)

I’m thinking about what I will bring with me today as I prepare for worship on this Sunday morning: a sweater, the music for worship team, my Bible and journal.

Will I also be bringing my gratitude and joyful praise?

Worship is not a Sunday-specific activity. Gratitude is not limited to the month of November. We are invited to enter the presence of God on the average Tuesday, any time of day. (This Sunday-school-level data should actually be staggering…)

Today, let’s allow the call to worship of Psalm 95 to motivate us to take inventory of what we’re bringing with us into the presence of God.

Coming with thanksgiving,

Michele Morin

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38 thoughts on “Gratitude is not Limited to the Month of November”

  1. It IS a mind-boggling privilege we’ve been given–to enter the presence of God Almighty! And gratitude (as well as praise) are two gifts we can bring to him that surely bless his heart. Yes, indeed, I want to make gratitude the music of my life! Thank you, Michele!

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  2. I think that gratitude is one of the most overlooked characteristics of a spiritually healthy life. I want it to be the music of my life.

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  3. We were talking on our way to church this morning just how much we have to be thankful for, even amid all the difficulties and disappointments of this year. So although I carried nothing but my coffee cup as we walked to our (outdoor) service, I brought so much thanksgiving along! Great thoughts!

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  4. Michele,
    Just as Mary’s “Advent Narrative” doesn’t limit our preparation for Christ’s coming to one season, Thanksgiving should not be limited to a month, or worship to a day of the week. May we always be picking up our bag of gratitude, worship, praise, and expectation.
    Blessings,
    Bev xx

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  5. I’m so grateful that the Lord’s presence is an everyday occurrence! With or without our consent, he sticks it out with us, every single day. If we can’t be thankful for that, we’re missing out! Thanks, Michele.

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  6. Hi, I come to visit your blog via Esme’s Senior Salon.
    You are so right about Thanksgiving not being limited to November. I’m very thankful everyday and take each day one day at a time.
    Like your blog.

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  7. Michele, thanks for the reminder that gratitude is for every day of the year, not just a specific month. On a day when I’ve already had altercations with both boys, I need to choose gratitude so I don’t give into the frustration. Sorry, there’s a bit of honesty for you. 🙂 I’m choosing gratitude right now. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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  8. Thank you for the reminder to keep the worship and gratitude going. It’s so important to keep this at the forefront this year! I love the encouragement and am visiting from #PoCoLo

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