Let us give thanks

David wrote, "I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth." (Psalm 34:1)

Again, David said, "And my tongue shall speak of thy righteousness and of thy praise all the day long." (Psalm 35:28)

In Psalm 103, David exhorts himself: "Bless the Lord, O my soul and all that is within me, bless his holy name. Bless the Lord, O my soul and forget not all his benefits."

David encouraged himself to count his blessings continually praising and thanking the Lord with all that was within him.

During this Thanksgiving time, let us give God the glory for all his blessings. What are some blessings that God has given us?

Let's look at the blessings that David had mentioned in the following key verses:

4"Who forgiveth all thine iniquities" Forgiveness of sins is the greatest blessing God has ever done for our mortal beings. God gave his Son, Jesus, to forgive our sins.

In Colossians 1:14, it states "In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins" and save our souls. In Luke 19:10 it states, "For the Son of man has come to seek and to save that which was lost."

4"Who healeth all thy diseases." The second in David's list of blessings is the healing of the body. He cried out for all that is in him to praise God for this particular blessing. God heals sometimes through doctors and sometimes without doctors. But, however God decides, he is the healer.

4"Who redeemeth thy life from destruction." God preserves our lives on a daily basis. His guardian angels continually protect his children.

Hebrews 1:14 states this about angels, "Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?"

Psalm 91:11-12, "For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone."

4"Who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies." God is continually showing his children loving kindness and tender mercy.

Psalm 36:7, "How excellent is thy lovingkindness, O God! Therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings."

Psalm 119:156, "Great are thy tender mercies, O Lord" "Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things"

I propose that every one stop now and thank God for all the years he has provided food, drink and ordinary but necessary things of this life.

What should we do about the many blessings we have received?

Here are some suggestions:

4Set aside a time when you can pour out praises of thanksgiving to such a great God and wonderful savior;

4At the first opportunity available, publicly thank God for all he has done for you;

4Lead your family in regular, frequent and open praise for the blessings he has provided.

4Since God has been so good to you dwell on his blessings until your heart is happy and content. To acknowledge how much you have been blessed will certainly bring happiness and contentment. Every Christian has enough blessings to make him shout the praises of God;

4Because God has been so faithful in giving us blessings, we should be encouraged in the fact God will continue to supply our needs.

We can call upon him. Jeremiah 33:3, "Call unto me and I will answer thee and show thee great and mighty things which thou knowest not." and

4Counting your blessings one by one will help you realize how much God has done for you. See this fact makes your love and obedience abound.

Jesus said, "If ye love me, keep my commandments," John 14:15.

Make a holy resolve that, in light of all God's wonderful blessings, your life will glorify him.

Please join my family and me in praising our great God during this wonderful Thanksgiving season.

(Rob Hranicky is pastor of Bethel Baptist Church of Sligo.)