“It is good to give thanks to the Lord…”
What an opening verse. It almost feels like an understatement.
Many of us typically live with a sense of entitlement. Something goes wrong at the fast food counter, we get angry. A bill comes in a little higher than expected, we blow a fuse. We have to sit through commercials, we huff and sigh. The best seat at the movie theater isn’t available, we complain and ask for a refund. And don’t get me started on how we deal with traffic.
This is often our attitude in approaching everyday life. It might feel excusable because “everyone else is doing it”, but the best spiritual posture for us is one of gratitude. God’s grace is so overwhelming that the only fitting response is “thank you”. That’s why I love this psalm. Take verse 4 for example: “You thrill me, Lord, with all you have done for me! I sing for joy because of what you have done.” This is how I want to live, especially in light of the cross.
Check out this excerpt from Billy Graham a few years back. It summarizes so much of what God said to me today from Psalm 92 (and please, if He showed you something worth sharing, tell us about it in the comments section!).
Are you thankful no matter what? Perhaps you have lost your job recently, as the economy has continued to struggle. Or you may have lost your health, or a loved one. Such circumstances can be tremendously difficult. But even so, we all have much to be thankful for. Look with me at the story of a man who had every right to be bitter—but wasn’t.
The next footsteps in the corridor, he knew, might be those of the guards taking him away to his execution. His only bed was the hard, cold stone floor of the dank, cramped prison cell. Not an hour passed when he was free from the constant irritation of the chains and the pain of the iron manacles cutting into his wrists and legs.
Separated from friends, unjustly accused, brutally treated—if ever a person had a right to complain, it was this man, languishing almost forgotten in a harsh Roman prison. But instead of complaints, his lips rang with words of praise and thanksgiving!
The man was the Apostle Paul—a man who had learned the meaning of true thanksgiving, even in the midst of great adversity. Earlier, when he had been imprisoned in Rome, Paul wrote, “Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Ephesians 5:19-20, NIV).
Think of it: Always giving thanks for everything—no matter the circumstances! Thanksgiving for the Apostle Paul was not a once-a-year celebration, but a daily reality that changed his life and made him a joyful person in every situation.
From Billy Graham’s “A Thanksgiving Message”
By: Todd Thomas — Worship & College Pastor