Friday, March 07, 2014
Read: Psalm 92:1-5
“It is a good thing to give thanks unto the LORD, and to sing praises unto thy name, O most High: To show forth thy loving-kindness in the morning and thy faithfulness every night.” —Psalm 92:1-2
Psalm 92 is an invitation to begin and end each day by giving thanks to God for his love and faithfulness. The Living Bible paraphrases it this way: “Every morning thank him for his kindness, and every evening rejoice in all his faithfulness.”
But what if you don’t look forward to a new day? It’s easy to be thankful when everything is going our way. But what if your health is failing or you are confined to your home? Some people spend their days in bed, unable to do the things they want to do. How do you give thanks when life is nothing but a disappointment?
A brother who had been bed-ridden for 10 years will always say “God is good”. When asked how he could say that, he said, “When I became ill, I was bitter. I used to ask, ‘Why me?’ But God’s grace has made it possible for me to thank him every day for his faithfulness.”
If it seems almost impossible to thank God, ask him for grace to learn to say thank-you in spite of your difficult circumstances. In Romans 8:39 the apostle Paul tells us why: nothing can “separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” That, says Paul, is reason enough to give thanks.
Prayer: Lord, give us the grace to praise you in spite of what might happen to us. We ask this in the name of Jesus. Amen.
PEACE ON EARTH!
(From ‘The Voice of Christ Today, 2014 Edition’ Daily Inspiration for Personal and Family Devotion, Page 72. A publication of The World International Sacred Peace Movement, Grouped Soul).