In this sermon, our founding pastor, W. Graham Smith talks about the grace of gratitude — being thankful for what we have, not dwelling on what we don’t have, and above all, gratitude to God. Here are some excerpts:

“On this Thanksgiving Sunday morning, I can think of no more relevant passage of Holy Scripture to bring to your attention than this, from Psalm 92:1 – “It is a good thing to give thanks to the Lord!”…

“Let me say four simple things in the light of our text.

1. The Grace of Gratitude– Don’t think of what you haven’t got, but thank God for what you have.

“Familiarity breeds contempt” we say, and this is certainly true with regard to what we call “the common mercies of life.” We take them for granted, and yet what priceless gifts they are!…”

2. Remember that happiness does not consist in having “things.

“…I suppose the Rich Young Ruler of whom we read this morning (Mark 10:17-22) had everything that life could offer — health, wealth, social standing, and as one commentator says, “He wore the white flower of a blameless life.”… You see, the tragedy of his life was that he had nothing but things….”

3. Remember that you are rich not in what you have, but in what you cannot lose.

“…Life can strip you of many things — precious things like health and home, and work and loved ones; necessary things like glasses and teeth. But remember — The forgiveness of your sins through the blood of the Cross, the gift of inner peace through the gracious indwelling of the living Christ, the assurance… [T]hese are the priceless treasures…”

4. The last and greatest victory of the Christian is to be able to praise God for everything.

“…The writers of the Bible stand at every crossroads, facing every sort of experience that can come to us, and they exclaim, “Praise ye the Lord!”… They stand over our beds of sickness and pain and say, “Praise ye the That is Faith’s victory…”

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The Grace of Gratitude. Graham has a lot more to say about this topic. If you would like to learn more, please download and read the attached transcript of the sermon, as the above excerpts do not even scratch the surface. If you would like to do a word search on the transcript, download the file, and then open the file with your web browser after downloading and use your browser’s find feature.

The grace of gratitude.

 

November 20, 1988

Psalm 92:1

Rev. W. Graham Smith

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