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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

Deer

 


 

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!

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Previous devotions

"Thoughts on Revival" - November 12, 2014
"Your American Duty" - October 29, 2014
"A Winner" - October 22, 2014
"Passions and Priorities" - October 15, 2014
"Looking for Gold" - October 8, 2014
"The Grass Grows on Your Path" - October 1, 2014
"A Little Hypocrisy" - September 24, 2014
"Keep Singing" - September 17, 2014
"Out of the Darkness" - September 10, 2014
"Treasured Trials" - September 3, 2014
"Smooth Stones" - August 27, 2014
"Call the Foreman" - August 20, 2014
"Holding Each Other Up" - August 13, 2014
"The Glow of the Gospel" - July 9, 2014
"Liberty's Nails of Truth" - July 2, 2014
"A Burden for Today's Youth" - June 18, 2014
"In Himself, Nothing" - June 4, 2014
"Go Ahead and Laugh" - May 21, 2014
"The 8 Watt Pioneer" - May 7, 2014
"The Triumph of the Lamb" - April 23, 2014
"Missing It" - April 16, 2014
"The Culture and Your Family" - April 9, 2014
"Love Constrains Us" - April 2, 2014
"Marching Orders" - March 26, 2014
"Sharing Jesus" - March 19, 2014
"The Importance of the Evening Service" - March 5, 2014
"Back to the Basics of Love" - February 12, 2014
"Preservation" - February 5, 2014
"The Basics of Tithing" - January 22, 2014
"A Sure Foundation" - January 15, 2014
"Renewing the Inner Man" - January 1, 2014
"The Reason for the Season" - December 11, 2013
"The Merry Side of Christmas" - December 4, 2013





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Words of Truth - November 19, 2014