Faith Encouragement

Thanks--To the Lord

CTA - Christ to All /Nov. 09, 2020
Thanks--To the Lord

By J. L. Fryar

 

Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever (Psalm 136:1 ESV).

 

As a therapist, Dr. Jensen knew the power of a thankful attitude. He asked each of his clients, regardless of his or her diagnosis, to begin a thankfulness journal. Each evening, clients were to jot down three specific things from that day for which they were thankful.

 

This exercise almost always lifted the clients’ spirits. But then one day, a client opened her thankfulness journal in Dr. Jensen’s office and asked with all sincerity, “So I’m thankful for all these things. But who am I supposed to thank?”

 

At times, specific people bless us in ways large and small. We thank the barista who makes our coffee. We thank a parent or child or spouse or friend who does a welcomed favor without being asked. We thank a co-worker who gives a meaningful gift “just because.”

 

But many of our blessings—perhaps most of them—come to us without any human action. A gentle snowfall. A happy puppy’s mad dash around the backyard. The successful business trip. An unexpected bargain. Ongoing health or a speedy recovery.

 

Thankful hearts are joyful hearts. That joy comes from noticing our blessings and then recognizing their source. The Bible makes that source clear:

 

Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever (Psalm 136:1 ESV).

 

The Lord is good! As his people, members of his very own family by faith in Jesus, we know just how good our Lord is. God’s love for us never wavers. No matter how far we wander, the heavenly Father always welcomes his repentant children home!

 

This steadfast love lies at the very core of God’s goodness. It is the essence of his glory. We sometimes mistake the “glory of God” for some blinding light or overpowering majesty or a deafening roar of thunder.

 

But when Moses asked the Lord, “Please show me your glory,” here’s how God responded:

 

I will make all my goodness pass before you and will proclaim before you my name “The LORD.” And I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show mercy on whom I will show mercy (Exodus 33:19 ESV).

 

God’s glory is his goodness, his grace, his mercy toward us in Jesus. O give thanks!

 

Prayer starter: Lord, you give me so many blessings. To all of them, please add one more: the gift of a thankful heart . . .

 

Editor’s note: Today’s devotion is slightly adapted from CTA’s book Let the Word of Christ Dwell in You Richly: Rediscovering Popular Bible Verses.

 

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Editor’s note: The Lord is good! As his people, members of his very own family by faith in Jesus, we know just how good our Lord is. God's love for us never wavers. No matter how far we wander, the heavenly Father always welcomes his repentant children home!

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