If You Wish To Be Thankful

If you wish to be thankful, get a heart deeply
humbled with the sense of your own vileness.
A broken heart is the best pipe to sound forth
God’s praise. He who studies his sins, wonders
that he has anything, and that God should shine
on such a dunghill: “I was once a blasphemer
and a persecutor and a violent man—but I was
shown mercy!” 1 Timothy 1:13. How thankful
Paul was! How he trumpeted forth free grace!

A proud man will never be thankful. He looks on
all his mercies as either of his own procuring or
deserving. If he has an estate, this he got by his
wits and industry; not considering that scripture,
“Always remember that it is the Lord your God
who gives you power to become rich” Dt. 8:18.
Pride stops the current of gratitude. O Christian,
think of your unworthiness; see yourself as the
least of saints, and the chief of sinners—and
then you will be thankful.

Thomas Watson