I love Ephesians 5:18-21 as it gives us concrete instructions on how to worship God and live constructively with others. “18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit, 19 speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, 20 always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Paul is telling us that overindulgence leads to excessive indulgence. He is pointing us to God and saying we should be filled with God’s Holy Spirit instead of worldly pleasures. Keeping the right perspective on life will bring us joy-filled worship, a heart that is right with God and lead to words that are filled with thanks for all God has done for us.
When we get our focus off all the worldly things around us and allow God to refocus our hearts and minds, we can experience true gratitude for all He has done. Will you allow God to refocus you today? Paul tells us in Philippians 4:8 how to retool our minds and keep them on godly things. “ Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” Let your mind dwell on these things today and your mind and heart will be refocused on what is godly and right before Him.