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A Reasoned Thanks

I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds. I will be glad and exult in you; I will sing praise to your name, O Most High. Psalm 9:1-2 NRSV

MP900341393[1] Sometimes it seems like the psalmist breaks out into random acts of praise. In the midst of his tears and pleas to God he just breaks into song. Why is that?

I don’t think it is because he has trouble focusing, and keeping his mind on one thing. Neither do I think it is because he is unstable or unpredictable.

His random acts of thanksgiving tell me that, even in the darkest days, wise people respond to the love of God at work in their lives! They take an honest and sobering look at their situation, and they take a honest look at their God. Then they realize that no matter how big their challenges are, their God is bigger. They see the inescapable truth that God is great and greatly to be praised!

What the psalmist sees in his darkest hour is God, who judges with righteousness, and hears the cry of the afflicted. He see God who remembers the needy and gives hope to the poor. He sees the hand of God lifting him up and sustaining him. In the face of such great love and power, giving thanks and praise is the only response that makes sense.

You and I can see what the psalmist saw if we are willing to look, not just at our problems, but at our God, who holds our lives in the palm of his loving hand. When we keep God at the center of our vision, we will want to give thanks too. In fact, giving thanks will be our only reasonable response!

So let’s be reasonable. Let’s respond with joyful hearts, and give our thanks to God!

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Thank You God

MP900422703[1] Giving thanks is a part of how most of us celebrate thanksgiving. The question is who do we thank? There are so many people who have helped us along the way. Some we know well. Others came long before us, but paved the paths we travel today. They all deserve our thanks!

But beyond the people who have made a difference in our lives, there is God. God’s hand formed us in the womb. God’s hand has guarded, guided and sustained us. God’s love and grace have transformed us. Of all those we owe thanks to, God is at the head of the list!

Today’s video reminds us of the profound ways God has touched our lives. Just click here to watch. Then take some time this Thanksgiving to again say, “Thank you, God!”

Give Thanks!

I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that has been given you in Christ Jesus, for in every way you have been enriched in him, in speech and knowledge of every kind – so that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ. 1Corinthians 1:4-7 NRSV

MP900422845[1]Apparently Paul had much to be thankful for. That’s a little bit surprising. He didn’t  know anything about pilgrims or turkeys. He didn’t live in a land that had a national holiday for the giving of thanks. Nor did he have a table filled with stuffing, gravy, potatoes and pies to sit down to. But he was still thankful.

Not only did Paul not have many of the blessings we enjoy, he knew more than his fair share of hardship and heartache. He had been chased out of cities, persecuted, falsely accused, arrested and imprisoned. His own people didn’t want him, and the Romans didn’t know what to do with him.

MP900407213[1] Fortunately, it doesn’t take a presidential proclamation, or a comfortable life, to make a thankful heart. Thankfulness is simply the natural expression of a grateful recipient.

Grateful recipients give thanks!

Paul gave thanks because he had been blessed, and because he saw the hand of God at work in those he ministered to. Having received so much, he frequently paused to give thanks.

Just notice some of the things he was thankful for. He was thankful for the grace given his brothers and sisters in Christ. He was thankful that the faithful were enriched in every way, and had knowledge of every kind. He was thankful they were not lacking in any spiritual gift.

We have received God’s grace. We have been enriched, given knowledge and spiritual gifts. That makes us grateful recipients too.

What do grateful recipients do? We give thanks! We give thanks always because of God’s great goodness!

MP900442388[1]Grateful recipients give thanks always!

We are a blessed people. God has guarded, guided and provided for us. God’s love has worked in us and through us. God has done more than we could have asked or imagined!

Now it’s our turn to do what Paul did. It’s time to express our gratitude. Give thanks to God today and always!

Thankful people give thanks!

Prayer:

Giver of every good and perfect gift, I want to join my voice with Paul, and all the saints who through the ages gave you thanks and praise. Your grace is beyond compare. Your gifts and blessings abound. Your love knows no limit. Thank you Lord, for all you have done and continue doing!

Amen.

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