Two men were walking through a field one day when they spotted an enraged bull. Instantly they darted toward the nearest fence. The storming bull followed in hot pursuit, and they quickly realized they wouldn’t make it. Terrified, the one shouted to the other, "Put up a prayer, John. We’re in for it!" John answered, "I can’t. I’ve never made a public prayer in my life." "But you must!" begged his friend. "The bull is catching up to us." "All right," panted John, "I’ll say the only prayer I know, the one my father used to repeat at the table: ’O Lord, for what we are about to receive, make us truly thankful.’"
It seems that there’s more than enough ingratitude to go around these days. The reality is that God does so much for us. Our debt to Him is enormous and yet we rarely or infrequently give thanks for what He has done. It’s easy to be like the little boy who was given an orange by a man. The boy’s mother asked, “What do you say to the nice man?” The little boy thought and handed the orange back and said, “Peel it.”
David, the writer of Psalm 138, had lived a long, full life. Whether he experienced joy or sorrow, victory or defeat, he seemed to hold on to one particular attitude that kept him right-minded and true: he was thankful. His expression of gratefulness was more than words; it was sincere and it was from the heart.
Make it a priority to express sincere gratitude to others today. This requires thought. Consider how others bless you and then let them know both what it meant and even how it made you feel. Thank your spouse, children, parents, friends, boss, neighbors, and of course, thank God.