Words of Thanksgiving

Psalm 69:30 “I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify him with thanksgiving.”

David was a man that was very thankful to God. Before he was king, though, he had a very rough life under King Saul.

David was determined, though, to keep on giving glory to God for His working in his life. Although there were many blessings and hardships, David did not allow them to make him bitter.

Did you read the part of the verse where he had a song? It was a song of praise, too. Many of these Psalms were written while he was going through times of hardship. Yet he was determined to be always thankful.

Being thankful to God helps us to remember that although circumstances may not always be to our liking, God is still in control. We can certainly thank Him for that.

There are many things that I am thankful to God for in this year. It has been a little rough for me as well, but my God is good to those who love Him (Romans 8:28).

Among many other things, I thank Him for:

  • A Savior Who can take me to Heaven.
  • A church that is like a family.
  • A Bible that leads me and offers many promises.
  • A free country that I believe to still be the best in the world.
  • My family and friends.
  • Opportunities to minister the Word of God.
  • The opportunity to work.
  • The health I do have (underwent cancer surgery in mid-summer).
  • And many more.

Like David, I also know that God is good and He does put a song in my heart, too. The song is especially there when I praise Him and am thankful – for all things. Praise His Name!

Bible Promise of the Day – The Power of Regular Worship

God's Promises Are Ever Faithful
God’s Promises Are Ever Faithful

Psalm 84:4 “Blessed are they that dwell in thy house: they will be still praising thee. Selah.”

As I walk around some large stores on occasion, I always like to see who I believe is really happy. Even here in the more “Christian” South, I see very few people who appear to be happy, although some have a genuine appearance of being happy. Being that there are so few disappoints me greatly.

The Bible verse for today starts with the word “Blessed.” This is another word for “happy.” I have no idea how many people in those stores actually go to church, or are saved, but I strongly believe there is somewhat of a correlation between being happy and worshiping the Lord.

David, by experience, knew that being around God and the people of God in regular worship leads to a joyous heart. Of course, this assumes that the individual is willing to forsake sin and truly worship God from the heart.

Christ Saves - not a Church
Going to Church Can Make You A Blessed Christian

David said it like this, in Psalm 16:11: “Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.” He found incredible joy from really being in God’s presence – which is different from merely being in a church building.

I find that this Bible promise is still true. I enjoy being around God’s people, and worshiping and fellowshipping with Him. So do true Christians.

Some Christians, or some people who like to think they are Christians, apparently have not found this to be true – or they have forgotten it. This must be one reason so few have real joy in their hearts.

What David is saying in the verse for the text today is that if you will continue to serve and honor God in church, you will be enabled to still have a song in your heart that honors God. People will never be perfect and may disappoint, not even pastors.

If you, as a Christian, have lost your joy and praise for God, is it because you stopped going to church? If for some reason there is a problem at a particular church, find another one. Don’t be a defeated and unhappy (unblessed) Christian any more. If you are saved, love God, and prove to yourself and to the world that He is still worth serving! Find that blessedness of dwelling in His house again! Praise His eternal Name!

I trust that you will be in church this morning – or perhaps tonight or next Sunday. Don’t put it off. May our Lord bless you as you are faithful to His place of worship – with the people of God. Be one of those that others can tell are genuinely happy; and when they ask what makes you happy, be sure to tell them!

Bible Promise for the Day #3

God's Promises Are Faithful
God’s Promises Are Faithful

Psalm 23:3 “He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.”

One of the greatest blessings of having a Shepherd like the Lord Jesus Christ is that He is able to put calm into a heart that is troubled. When we get troubled or disturbed, we can go to Him, and He will remedy the problem. He is able to give peace even in the midst of a storm. David, the writer of this Psalm, and of many others, often speaks of the Lord’s ability to calm the soul, such as that of Psalm 42:8: “Yet the LORD will command his lovingkindness in the daytime, and in the night his song shall be with me, and my prayer unto the God of my life.”

Whether the trouble is caused by sin, or hurt from problems in relationships, or anxiety over circumstances, He is able to restore your soul and our faith. The problems need to be brought to Him, or perhaps sin needs to be confessed to Him with a true desire to forsake them, and you will discover that He can quickly bring back the peace of mind and heart. Personally, I find this to be a tremendous blessing.

The last part of this verse gives us the general direction of His leading – it is in “paths of righteousness.” He gives believers peace and joy when they serve Him, that each one might be encouraged to keep on going for Him, to draw closer to Him, and less close to the world.