Monday, October 22, 2012

The Spirit of Thanksgiving - Part 1

"It Is Good To Give Thanks To The Lord,  

 And To Sing Praises To Your Name O Most High"

Psalm 92:1

Psalm 92 is a "Song for the Sabbath day," a resting place for those who are troubled.
The song begins with a commendation of praise: "It is good to give thanks to the Lord." It does us good to turn from our unsettling and anxious thoughts to declare God's loving kindness in the morning, and (His) faithfulness every night" (verse 2). God loves us and is always faithful! He makes us glad (verse 4).

Praise not only makes us glad, it makes us wise. We begin to understand something of God's greatness and creative designs in all that He does (verses 5 - 9). We gain a wisdom that is hidden from those who do not know God. The wicked may "flourish" and "spring up like grass" for a moment (verse 7), but ultimately they will wither away.

The righteous, however, are joined to the One who dwells in eternity (verse 8). They "flourish like a palm tree" and "like a cedar in Lebanon" (verse 12), symbols of graceful beauty and unbending strength. For they have been "planted in the house of the Lord" (verse 13). Their roots go down into the soil of God's faithfulness; they draw on His unquenchable love.

As we begin each day:
* When we wake up in the morning - remember His loving kindness. Wake up saying, "Today LORD loves me, and His loving kindness endures forever. God has my life in His hands. There's nothing to be afraid of.
* During the day - Offer Praise and Thanksgiving. "It is good to give thanks to the LORD, and to sing praises to Your name." Find every reason we can to praise Him - even for little thinks like parking places, phone calls that brings a blessing to us, or perhaps news of a friend.
* At the close of the day, remember God's faithfulness.
In the morning we look forward to loving kindness, During the day we experience that loving kindness. And at the end of the, we can look back and say, "God has been faithful." No matter how difficult the day may be for us, we we get to the end, we're going to be able to look back and say, "Great Is Thy Faithfulness!"
So Give Thanks And Praise To The Lord TODAY! 

A heart in tune with God can't help but sing His praises. 


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