“Shout with joy to the LORD, all the earth! Worship the LORD with gladness. Come before Him, singing with joy. Acknowledge that the LORD is God! He made us, and we are His. We are His people, the sheep of His pasture. Enter His gates with thanksgiving; go into His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him and praise His name. For the LORD is good. His unfailing love continues forever, and His faithfulness continues to each generation.” — Psalm 100
How can we be thankful to God, when we don’t feel like it — when your car stops in the middle of the highway, you lose your job or the dreaded call comes from the doctor? Whether facing great or small challenges in life, we must remember to turn to the Lord in prayer. If we belong to Him, He will help us through every trial we face. Romans, 8:31-39 records the abundant power, love and forgiveness of God. It tells how God’s Son, Jesus Christ, gave His life for us, was raised again from the dead, and pleads to the Father in Heaven for the children of God. Do not forget that nothing can separate you from God’s love.
As Christians, we must remind ourselves of what we already know — that we belong to the Lord Jesus Christ, He died for our sins, and we are new creations. If you have not surrendered your life to Jesus, take a moment right now and ask the Lord to be your personal Savior — the Lord of your life — and to forgive you of your sins. Be assured that if you just committed your life to Jesus, the whole of Heaven is rejoicing. Tell someone in the church of your decision.
How thankful are we? Do we remember to say thank you at the grocery store, at work or at home? If we forget in these situations, have we remembered to say, “Thank you” to God? We are not alone. The Scriptures record others who forgot to thank the Lord, like the nine lepers who were healed in Luke 17:11-19 but didn’t turn back to thank Jesus.
In what way can we thank and praise the Lord? We can thank Him during our prayer time each day, before meals and at night before going to sleep. As a congregation, we can thank and praise the Lord with singing, praying and worship during our church service.
It is only through the grace of God that we can be thankful. As we go through the struggles in life, we must be mindful to cry out to the Lord for His help through every circumstance. Psalm 30 expresses how the Lord can rescue you from any situation, how He can turn things around in your life and how He can bring you through the tears back to joy.
The Lord does not run out of love. He is not limited by space and time. His love flows to all generations, from grandparents to parents, children and beyond. Each generation can experience the unlimited and unfailing love of God. Whatever your circumstance — in pain, in a valley of discouragement or looking from the mountaintop — remember that God is the source we seek. What can you thank God for today?
Our God hears,