For the Christian, gratitude should be a life attitude.

ďCount Your BlessingsĒ was written by one of the prolific gospel song writers of the past century, a Methodist lay preacher named Johnson Oatman. In addition to his preaching and the writing of more than 5,000 hymn texts, Oatman was also a successful business man, engaged in a shipping business and in his later years as an administrator for a large insurance company in New Jersey.

It is good for each of us periodically to take time to rediscover the simple but profound truths expressed by Mr. Oatman in the four verses of this hymn.

In the first two verses he develops the thought that counting our blessings serves as an antidote for lifeís discouragements and in turn makes for victorious Christian living.

The third stanza of this hymn teaches us that counting our blessings can be a means of placing material possessions in proper perspective when compared to the eternal inheritance awaiting believers.

Then as we review our individual blessings, we certainly would have to agree with Mr. Oatmanís fourth verse: The provision of Godís help and comfort to the end of our earthly pilgrimage is one of our choicest blessings.

When upon lifeís billows You are tempest tossed When you are discouraged, Thinking all is lost
Count your many blessings, Name them one by one And it will suprise you What the Lord has done.
Count your blessings, Name them one by one Count your many blessings, See what God has done.
Are you ever burdened With a load of care? Does the cross seem heavy You are called to bear?
Count your many blessings, Evíry doubt will fly And you will be singing As the days go by.

When you look at others With their lands and gold Think that Christ promised You His wealth untold
Count your many blessings, Money cannot buy Your reward in heaven, Nor your home on high.
So, amid the conflict, Whether great or small Do not be discouraged, God is over all
Count your many blessings, Angels will attend Help and comfort give you

If you woke up this morning with more health than are more blessed than the six million who will not survive this week.
If you have never experienced the danger of battle, the loneliness of imprisonment, the agony of torture, or the pangs of are ahead of 500 million people in the world.
If you can attend a church meeting without fear of harassment, arrest, torture or are more blessed than three billion people in the world.
If you have food in the refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof overhead, and a place to are richer than 75% of this world.
If you have money in the bank, in your wallet, and spare change in a dish are among the top 8% of the worldíís wealthy.

Imagine Ted Koppel interviewing Noah. "Noah, wasníít it messy on board that ship?" Noah answers: Sure it was messy, but it was still the best ship floating!"
I. Most Blessings
Jerals Nichols
November 13, 2006
This sermon had the ideals I was looking for.