Friday, April 13, 2012

Thankfulness

 1It is a good thing to give thanks unto the LORD, and to sing praises unto thy name, O Most High: 
 2To shew forth thy lovingkindness in the morning, and thy faithfulness every night,
 3Upon an instrument of ten strings, and upon the psaltery; upon the harp with a solemn sound.
 4For thou, LORD, hast made me glad through thy work: I will triumph in the works of thy hands. 

Thankfulness

We live in a thankless world. It is all about me! We spend our lives eeking a way to the path of fame and fortune, exalting our own name, while destroying any who may get in our way. In school we studied the glories of man and his great achievements, and hoped that one day our own name would also appear in the history books.

What a shock then to discover that we have been fed a lie; the glory of man is only an illusion. We have put our faith and our hope in the arms of those who will only disappoint us. The glory we seek for ourselves seems to dissipate right before our eyes. What is wrong with our picture?

Of course man has made some pretty astounding discoveries; life in the 21st century is much different than the 18th and beginning of the 19th centuries. The question is, however, who should receive the glory for those discoveries? The glory all belongs to God! It is He who created the world and all that is in it, including us. Man still knows so very little about the world in which we live, as well as the intricacies of this body which houses our beings. The more we study, the more we realize what we do not know.

What do we owe this God who has given so much to us? Thankfulness! The psalmist was correct in asserting,
It is a good thing to give thanks unto the LORD, and to sing praises unto thy name, O Most High: to shew forth lovingkindness in the morning, and thy faithfulness every night.
Who gives us life? Who gives us new strength every morning to face a new day? Who carries us throughout the day, guiding us safely through each new challenge we face? Who brings us safely to our homes each night? Who protects us during the night from the unknown terrors which lurk all about us?

The older we become, the more we see and understand God's faithfulness to us. We realize that the happiness people seek is right at their fingertips. God is the only one who can truly bring happiness, peace, and joy. It is God who gives us a purpose in life; happy is the one who finds his God-given purpose, and spends His life doing what he was created to do.

Let us, then, join the psalmist in praise and thankfulness to our great God and King for all He has done on our behalf. Let us thank Him for the salvation He has provided through the Lord Jesus Christ, as well as the purpose He has ordained for each of us.

Oh, how He loves you and me!

God Bless You,
Linda

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