Give thanks, give thanks, give thanks. It seems as though many of the psalms are about giving thanks and the ones that aren’t almost always have that component in them. As we have been going through this book for the summer I have taken note of this. The idea of being thankful to God is one that is often overlooked. We simply say a short prayer before we eat or before we go to sleep. Is that the right approach? I know that often times for me those things become a habit rather than a privilege.
When you read Psalm 66 there is a genuine outpouring of thankfulness. The author speaks of the things God has done in the past, and the ways God has sustained and is empowering His people.
When we talk about steadfastness, and endurance and overcoming sin and the trials of life we are never talking about us. The only way we accomplish any of those things is as a result of the greatness of God. When we take time to remember what He has done we will strengthen our faith for the future. When we see the reality and of His power we will be empowered to share His name. But first we have to start praying with purpose. We have to start recognizing who we are praying to. I am learning more and more that I should be on my face before God, because He is Holy and worthy, and magnificent. I am nothing in comparison to Him, and yet He listens and He cares, and He allows us to be in His presence. That is something to be thankful for.
What are you thankful for today? How Has God been working in your life? Leave a comment so that we can have the privilege of rejoicing with you.
By: Dakota Gragg — Student Ministry Associate