Gratitude is not a reasoned response to how good our present condition is making us feel.
We are commanded to be grateful always for everything! Ephesians 5 , 20
Gratitude is the act of worship that sees beyond our present or past circumstances to the God who has the last word and chooses to say thanks for those circumstances because our God is bigger than they are, He has the last word, and the first and the middle words.
We are to praise Him even when our minds can see nothing to praise, but then ask God to forgive us for not seeing and ask Him to open our eyes.
We are not only to be thankful for the outcome, or that things could have been worse, but for the difficult and painful process of living for God in this sin damaged world.
Gratitude is a powerful weapon to ward off the devil’s attempts to bring us into the bondage of fault finding and the gathering of picky negative observations. These would sap our energy and give us an abraisive spirit that would block ministry.
Gratitude is our way of poking our finger in the devil’s eye when he trys to bring fear of bitterness. We can make him sorry for trying to trip us up by launching into a recital of all the beauty , wonder, acts of kindness, opportunities to minister, creativity we have seen around us recently and to loudly proclaim that we highly suspect that God is up to much good and we can see his hand in this too.
In order to become a warrior equipped with specific observations of the Acts of the Holy Spirit in our lives, we have to see and remember them. I suggest that at lunch, supper , and bedtime you pause and ask the Lord to open your eyes and heart to see something of beauty worth or goodness: then bless the Lord oh my soul and all that is within me bless his holy name.