Giving Thanks 3/17/20

“It is good to give thanks to the Lord, and to sing praises to Thy name, O Most High; to declare Thy lovingkindness in the morning, and Thy faithfulness by night.” (Psalm 92:1-2)

As we worship God, we are always to worship Him with a spirit of thankfulness. We are commanded throughout scripture to be thankful. In fact, when Paul wrote about the unbelievers who live under God’s wrath, he said they were condemned because they did not honor Him as God or give thanks. I don’t think it can be stated any more strongly than it is in I Thessalonians 5:17 “In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” It is God’s will for us. It is His will for us to give thanks. It is His will for us to give thanks in everything.

Sometimes it is easy to give thanks, especially when everything is smooth and going our way. But what about the difficult times? The painful times? What about the times when there is a pandemic? Giving thanks means that we have to focus on the right thing; we have to focus on God. Circumstances are uncertain; they can change quickly, for the good or for the bad. But God never changes. His Word never changes. His mercies are new every morning. He never leaves us or forsakes us. And while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

J.R.R. Tolkien was a Christian writer. One of my favorite quotes from his The Lord of the Rings is: “There, peeping among the cloud-wrack above a dark tor high up in the mountains, Sam saw a white star twinkle for a while. The beauty of it smote his heart, as he looked up out of the forsaken land, and hope returned to him. For like a shaft, clear and cold, the thought pierced him that in the end the Shadow was only a small and passing thing: there was light and high beauty for ever beyond its reach.”

No matter how black the darkness may appear, the beauty of Christ shines forever. It smites our hearts. It gives us not only hope but assurance that he is Lord of all. Let the beauty and holiness of our Savior pierce our spirits and cause us to rejoice in thanksgiving that Jesus Christ is King. The shadow is a small, passing thing, but we abide safely in our Lord forever. Amen.

Pastor Mike

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