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Wednesday, November 19, 2014
"A Prayer of Thanksgiving"
Praise ye the Lord. O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever. Who can utter the mighty acts of the Lord? who can shew forth all his praise? Psalms 106:1-2
In 1636, amid the darkness of the Thirty Years' War, a German pastor, Martin Rinkart, is said to have buried five thousand of his parishioners in one year, an average of fifteen a day. His parish was ravaged by war, death, and economic disaster. In the heart of that darkness, with the cries of fear outside his window, he sat down and wrote this table grace for his children:
Now thank we all our God
With heart and hands and voices;
Who wondrous things had done,
In whom His world rejoices.
Who, from our mother's arms,
Hath led us on our way
With countless gifts of love
And still is ours today.
Here was a man who knew thanksgiving comes from love of God, not from outward circumstances.
There may be nothing in your possession, yet you can have thanksgiving in your heart simply because God is! No matter what we possess or lack, God is to be praised for Who He is. Life may be filled with blessings or tribulations, but God is always good. Let me encourage you to spend time this week writing down praises to God. Meditate on His Person and His character, and you will have an overabundance of thanksgiving to our God!