In everything give thanks: for this the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. (1 Thess.5: 18.)

Gratitude: Have you ever bestowed something upon another which has had an ill response in the way of gratitude? Possibly you felt at the time that you would withhold further favours. You were heart‑hungry and at the same time powerless to remedy a situation which should spring spontaneously from the heart.

The wonderful thing is that this very attitude belongs to God Almighty. He has framed a stupendous universe full of good things. He has made known his purpose to remove iniquity and to bless all peoples of earth through the redemption centred in Christ Jesus. He has promised eternal life to all who are obedient. To crown it all, he comes nigh to each.one who trusts him. Reasonably he looks for gratitude even though he will not enforce this. Hearken to his words addressed to those inclined to selfishness: "If I were hungry, I would not tell thee: for the world is mine, and the fullness thereof. Will I eat the flesh of bulls, and drink the blood of goats? Offer unto God thanksgiving; and pay thy vows unto the Most High: and call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me" (Psalm 50: 12‑15).

There can be no doubt that those who are fully devoted to the Lord are ever grateful for the many blessings strewn along their path. This is the atmosphere which they generate. God loves them dearly and blesses them accordingly.

Almighty God, who art ever present in the world without me, in my spirit within me, and in the unseen world above me, let me carry with me through this day's life a most real sense of Thy power and Thy glory.
O Lord, hallowed be Thy name. Amen

A Diary of Private Prayer