Thursday, November 27, 2014

Thanksgiving

“What if you woke up today with only the things you thanked God for yesterday?"

That is a sobering thought.

We have so much--so much--to be thankful for and often we forget some of the greatest things and take it for granted.  I love this verse in Psalm 40:5 "Many, O LORD my God, are thy wonderful works which thou hast done, and thy thoughts which are to us-ward: they cannot be reckoned up in order unto thee: if I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered."  The God of this Universe thinks and blesses me!  How can we not read that and feel overwhelmed by His amazing love!

I am so thankful to the Lord for the wonderful things that He has blessed me with.  This year in particular stands out to me as I have experienced so much of the Lord's goodness and faithfulness.  As the scripture says, if I were to list them, they are more than I can number!

I want to echo these words all my life: "To the end that my glory may sing praise to thee, and not be silent. O LORD my God, I will give thanks unto thee for ever." Psalm 30:12

Happy Thanksgiving to each of my special friends!

I would recommend that you read this from Charles Spurgeon.  It is excellent and so timely.

"O that men would praise the Lord for His goodness, and for His wonderful works to the children 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 raiment 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 plenteously endowed. But, beloved, 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 favourite themes of their praise. If we know what redemption means, let us not withhold our sonnets 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 antedate the period when we shall be presented before the throne without spot or wrinkle or any such thing. Even now by faith we wave the palm-branch and wrap ourselves about with the fair linen which is to be our everlasting array, and shall we not unceasingly give thanks to the Lord our Redeemer? Child of God, canst thou be silent? Awake, awake, ye heritors of glory, and lead your captivity captive, as ye cry with David, "Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless His holy name." Let the new month begin with new songs."

2 comments:

Kyle Bowes said...

Amen!!! Happy thanksgiving!

Wow, what an awesome quote by Spurgeon! Our Redeemer is so worthy of our praise for all that He has done for us! How can we be silent?

Bethany said...

Thank you, Kyle! And the same to you and your family. :)

Yes! That came from Spurgeon's Morning and Evening devotional... it's really good!