THURSDAY 24 November, 2016
…I will praise You; You are my God, I will exalt You. Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever. - Psalm 118:28-29
David, the sweet Psalmist of Israel, had a heart of praise towards God. In every season of his life, no matter what he faced, he wrote Psalms of worship, adoration, and thanksgiving. David wrote:
I will bless the Lordat all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul shall make its boast in the Lord; the humble shall hear of it and be glad. Oh, magnify the Lordwith me, and let us exalt His name together - (Psalm 34:1-3).
Imagine, if we all had a heart of thankful praise like David! Too often our prayers include our wants, desires and needs––of course, God encourages us to pray for those necessary things (Matthew 6:11), but what about thanking God for all He has done in our lives? Psalm 34:3 challenges our hearts to join in with David and praise the LORD!
During Thanksgiving we have an excellent opportunity to thank God. As we gather around to eat our bountiful Thanksgiving dinner, each family member can share with gratitude what they are most thankful to God for. Then, we would have magnified and exalted God’s name together. President Abraham Lincoln, in his Thanksgiving proclamation said:
The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come…
He then attributed these blessings to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God. Can you bless the Lord continually and at all times?
…in everything give thanks…
~1 Thessalonians 5:18~
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