Thursday, November 7, 2019
Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind.
22 Let them sacrifice thank offerings and tell of his works with songs of joy.
You and I have days when we are less than thankful, less than loving, less than grateful or joy-filled. On those days, we need to read again these words when the psalmist writes – “Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love.” Unfailing. That means God will never turn his back on his character of love. Though there are times when we perceive judgment or chastisement for our wrongs, that doesn’t mean God is failing to love us. We just needed an attitude adjustment! Love wants our best, and will do what is necessary to inspire our best.
Give thanks for God’s wonderful deeds. Give thanks not only for God’s unfailing love, but for what God has done. I know I would be a lot different had God not taken hold of me and brought me to faith in Jesus Christ. I have a long way to go to mature in faith and character, but I’m trying by faith because I know that God is working in me. I am endeavoring to be one of God’s good deeds.
Perhaps the most wonderful deed God has done is to send Jesus. It is amazing to consider how Jesus has changed the world, one heart at a time. We who were weighed down by sin and guilt are set free, because he shouldered all our wrongs upon himself in the cross. We are given the promise of eternal life in him, for death could not hold him fast. We are transformed by faith to become more than who we were before faith, to in fact become new persons in Christ.
If you know that you are redeemed, released, blessed by Christ, you will understand why the psalmist writes to sacrifice a thank offering. Under Hebrew law, it was an optional offering, a sacrifice that was a food thank you note to God. From Leviticus 7, it meant offering unleavened cakes mingled with oil, made of fine flour and fried. Sounds yummy! I’m sure God and the Levite priests appreciated those gestures of love and thanksgiving. It’s a choice, a decision to be thankful.
Let me choose today, Lord, to look for reasons to give you thanks – for your character of unfailing love, and the wonderful deeds you do that display forth your love. It’s a decision I make, whether to be thankful or not, but I want to do that. Gently lead me back to this place of thankfulness when I start veering away into resentful or critical places where I do not wish to go. May I be unfailing in love towards those I meet, in Christ’s name. Amen.