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Content and thankful

Content and thankful

Nov 19, 2017

Passage: Psalm 131

Preacher: Darrell Jones

Series: Thanksgiving Messages

Category: Sermons


Content and Thankful
Psalm 131:1-3

1. Baby Dedication

2. Read Psalm 131:1-3

3. Pray

I. Thanksgiving must be taught.

A. Children do not instinctively give thanks.

1. Children instinctively eat.

2. They do not instinctively say thank you.

B. A thankful heart is cultivated.

1. For all of the attributes that measure spiritual maturity, perhaps contentment and gratitude should be on the list.

2. These are learned behavior.

II. The need for contentment in genuine thanksgiving.

A. Contentment is a learned condition that requires mature behavior.

1. Contentment is not instinctive.

2. It is the result of a choice.

B. Contentment is a chosen spiritual state.

1. Contentment does not choose to focus on what it lacks.

2. The chosen focus of contentment is what it has.

III. Which behaviors lead to contentment and thanksgiving?

A. Acknowledgement of our inability to manipulate life to fit our desires.

1. It is impossible to manipulate life to fit our desires.

2. Psalm 131:1

Lord, my heart is not haughty,
Nor my eyes lofty.
Neither do I concern myself with great matters,
Nor with things too profound for me.

2 Surely I have calmed and quieted my soul,
Like a weaned child with his mother;
Like a weaned child is my soul within me.

3 O Israel, hope in the Lord
From this time forth and forever.

B. A calm and quiet resting in the arms of the one who cares for us!

1. An un-weaned child finds necessary food from its mother.

2. A weaned child rests in the comfort of its mother’s embrace.