Friday, December 1, 2006

Friday's Yearning for the Infinite

Give Thanks Always

“Let them give thanks to the Lord for His lovingkindness, and His wonders to the sons of men!”- Psalm 107:8

If we complained less, and praised more, we should be happier, and God would be more glorified. Let us daily praise God for common mercies-common as we frequently call them, and yet so priceless, that when deprived of them we are ready to perish. Let us bless God for the eyes with which we behold the sun, for the health and strength to walk abroad, for the bread we eat, for the clothing we wear.
Let us praise Him that we are not cast out among the hopeless, or confined amongst the guilty; let us thank Him for liberty, for friends, for family associations and comforts; let us praise Him, in fact, for everything which we receive from His bounteous hand, for we deserve little, and yet are most greatly blessed.

Friends, the sweetest and the loudest note in our songs of praise should be of redeeming love. God's redeeming acts towards His chosen are for ever the favorite themes of their praise. If we know what redemption means, let us not withhold our songs of thanksgiving. We have been redeemed from the power of our corruptions, uplifted from the depth of sin in which we were naturally plunged. We have been led to the cross of Christ-our shackles of guilt have been broken off; we are no longer slaves, but children of the living God, and can look forward to the period when we shall be presented before the throne without spot or wrinkle or any such thing.

"Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless His holy name." Let the new month begin with new songs of Praise shouting of the Glory of God.

1 comment:

Sally said...

Well said Jared! i needed to read this today :) sometimes i forget.