‘Will the Lord reject forever? Will He never show His unfailing love again? Has His promise failed for all time? Has God forgotten to be merciful? Has He in anger withheld his compassion?’ Then I thought, ’To this will I appeal: The years of the right hand of the Most High.’
Psalm 77:7-10 (NIV)
I’ve always found it amazing that, in the middle of this psalm, the psalm writer seemed to realize that he couldn’t just sit around thinking about the negative things that were happening in his life. Perhaps he understood that if he kept thinking about the negative he would keep feeling down, so in order to get the negative things out of his mind he decided to replace them with thoughts about the Lord. There is an old proverb that says, “Instead of cursing the darkness, light a candle.” Many times when we find ourselves in dark situations in life, dark situations at work, dark situations in our families. We try to find someone to call and say, “It sure is dark” when what we really need to do is replace those thoughts with thoughts about the light.
Those children may be acting out of character, but at least they’re healthy!
They may not pay you what you desire right now, but at least you’re working!
They may have walked out of your life, but at least they didn’t take you out on the way!
Instead of cursing the dark areas in your life, I dare you to light a candle of praise!
O give thanks unto the Lord; for [He is] good; for His mercy [endureth] forever. (KJV) 1 Chronicles 16:34
What are you thankful for?
We should never take for granted the small things the Lord blesses us with. The Lord places great emphasis on being thankful, and so should we.
Why should you thank God?
You should thank God for His Power
You should thank God for His Person
You should thank God for His Provision
You should thank God for His Protection
You should thank God for His Presence
Thanks in the Hebrew language means Yaddah, which mean to make a public announcement. Do you remember the last time you made a public announcement of what you are thankful for? A public announcement by definition is composed of a group of words which are intentionally spoken or intentionally written for new awareness toward a mass of people to attain. Your mass of people could be your family, friends, coworkers or the people who style your, whether it’s your barber or your hair stylist. Make an intentional effort to become more public with your gratitude of the gratefulness of your Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Knowing God unlocks joy which allows you to know him better. Knowing God’s Wordreveals joy which allows you to love Him even more. Trusting God releases joy making life more pleasurable. Obeying God restores joy renewing your daily strength.