Sony’s Devotional: Giving Thanks
“Oh that men would praise the LORD for His goodness, and for His wonderful works to the children of men!” (Psalm 107:8, 15, 21, 31).
As I read Psalm 107 last week, I was struck by the fervent desire of the Psalmist to see those whom God has blessed (namely everybody) give thanks to God for His goodness. For some reason, people seem to find a lot more time to complain than to rejoice about what God has done for them. “Oh that men would praise the LORD for His goodness, and for His wonderful works to the children of men!”
With Thanksgiving coming up on Thursday, it occurs to me that this is the perfect time to not just thank God on that one day but to actually get in the habit of praising Him for His goodness. My challenge to each of us is to take this week and not ask God for anything. God knows what we need but I feel like what He wants to hear right now is how much we appreciate what He has already done for us. The truth is if God never answered another prayer, or given us another thing, He’s already been far better to us than we deserve.
I wonder if the reason people get mad at God is because they feel like God owes them something. What ingratitude! God has promised to never leave us or forsake us and what could be more important than to just have Him? Yet He also blesses us with family, friends, music and a myriad of other things “to brighten our lives.” I can’t praise Him enough for how good He has been to me!