"A Cheerful Heart"


I pray that my life will be characterized by a spirit of thankfulness for the Lord and the gifts He has freely given.

"Singing and making melody . . . giving thanks always for all things." (Ephesians 5:19–20)

The thankful Christian will turn with true delight to the expression of Joseph Addison in his Thanksgiving hymn, “When All Thy Mercies, O My God,” found in many of the better hymnals. Addison gives a mental image that requires music for its expression:

Ten thousand thousand precious gifts

My daily thanks employ;

Nor is the least a cheerful heart

That tastes these gifts with joy!

Here is the spirit of thanksgiving. Here is the understanding of what pleases God in our acceptance and use of His gifts. “A cheerful heart that tastes these gifts with joy” is the only kind of heart that can taste them safely.

While Addison had in mind chiefly the gifts God showers upon us here below, he was too much of a Christian to think that God’s gifts would cease at death. So he sang:

Through every period of my life

Thy goodness I’ll pursue;

And after death in distant worlds,

The glorious theme renew!

Dear Lord, I pray that my life will be characterized by a spirit of thankfulness for You and the gifts You have freely given.

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