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The older I get, the more thankful I feel I am becoming. Giving thanks is getting habitual. I often find myself saying, to myself, or out loud in a whisper, "Thank you God."
This happens several times a day. I think of something God has done for me, I see something he has given me, and reflexively the words rise up and come out of me.
Dallas Willard, before he went to be with Jesus, was grateful. Gary Moon describes this.
Gratitude, in me, is moving from volition to embodiment. This is good. I am being prepared.
In the great throne room scene of Revelation 4 the awesome four living creatures are spotlighted, as they levitate around the throne of God. They give splendor to the One who sits on the throne. I am destined to do the same, and am being prepared for full-being God-glorification. The creatures give value to Him who occupies the throne. I have the same destiny, and am being shaped into a God-honoring creature.
And, the four living creatures give thanks.
An eternal outpouring of gratitude.
I will one day join this mighty chorus!
I am being mentored in this, by the Holy Spirit.
All I am meant to be is summed up in the great outpouring of glory, honor, and thanks to him who sits on the throne and lives for ever and ever. (Revelation 4:9)
This outpouring of magnification is too much for the twenty-four elders. The threefold amplification of the four living creatures drops the elders to their knees before the Lord, and they worship him. (Revelation 4:10)
Listen, and understand, all you who are in Christ! This is your transcendent destiny, which, in your current immanent embodiment, you are being schooled for.
To be creatures who shine glory, display honor, and sing thanksgiving to the God who reigns for ever and ever. To be, as C.S. Lewis once said, "everlasting splendors."