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Give Him Thanks and Praise

Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his mercies endure forever.

Psalm 107:1

When did you last dedicate time to simply give thanks to God?  When did you last challenge yourself, to disconnect from everyone and everything and to just be in his presence alone?  When did you last turn off the chatter and the noise, to keenly listen for his voice?

In this human life, that’s punctuated by failure and disappointment, it can be tempting to imagine that the road back to God’s grace is too far.  One can assume that God’s mercies are cut off.

In a world that’s filled with a million reasons to complain, it is easy to focus on minutiae, on what’s not working, on what’s missing and on what’s irritating us.  Yet in the middle of this same world is a God, who is good, and whose mercies endure forever.

The children of Israel discovered that even when they were hostile to God, and their decisions caused them to wander in the desert, God’s mercies never left them.  His superintending providence always brought them back home.  For this reason, they never ceased to give him praise and thanksgiving, and neither should we.

This week, deliberately cultivate an attitude of gratitude for everything you encounter.  Know that the Lord is good and his mercies towards you endure forever.  Believe that even when the decisions you make are hostile to him, his nature towards you does not change and his lovingkindness will constantly beckon you to come back home.

Don’t ask for things, and don’t complain just give him thanks and praise at every opportunity, for he is good and his mercies endure forever.

Loving God, thank you for loving me, and for constantly wooing me to yourself.  I praise you O LORD, for there is none like you.  Thank you for your tender mercies which endure forever.  Today, I honor you for who you are, God Almighty!  Amen.