The Amazing Peace of Giving Thanks
“It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord, and to sing praises unto thy name, O most High: To shew forth thy lovingkindness in the morning, and thy faithfulness every night, Upon an instrument of ten strings, and upon the psaltery; upon the harp with a solemn sound. For thou, Lord, hast made me glad through thy work: I will triumph in the works of thy hands.” Psalm 92:1-4
We all live day to day like all created beings waiting for the time of Christ’s return and the consummation of all things when right order and the glory of God will be restored to fullness in the presence of all humankind.
“The eyes of all waitupon thee; and thou givest them their meat in due season.” Psalm 145:15
“For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God.” Romans 8:19
In the meantime we are subject to the brokenness of this world and the limitations of our humanity, so we need a Helper, One from Whom we can draw added strength and One on Whom we can lean in our weaknesses.
Thank God through Jesus Christ we have such a One, the Holy Spirit.
We can call on the Father in every moment and every situation of our lives and He will lovingly hear us. He knows our weakness. He knows that we are dust. But He has given us a treasure to abide with and in us always in these earthen vessels.
By the Word of God we are invited to come to Him with our labors and heaven burdens and He will give us rest. And we enter into that rest with thanksgiving.
“Enter into His gates with thanksgiving,
Andinto His courts with praise.
Be thankful to Him, andbless His name.” Psalm 100:4
It is good, always, to be in an attitude of gratitude, but especially when we are feeling overburdened, exhausted or stressed physically, mentally, emotionally and so forth. In such times, we can stop. lay aside our cares and breathe deeply and as our bodies relax we can offer up praise and thanksgiving to God for all He is, for all He has done,
for all His marvelous works, and for all He is doing in us to bring us fully conformed into the image of Christ.
As we think on Him and worship Him, He inhabits our praises and brings restored life and energy, healing and vitality to us. He gives us sweet rest. Our thoughts turn away from the things that trouble us and to the goodness and beauty of the Lord.
“And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful.” Colossians 3:15