Daily Devotions

"Sing out your thanks to the Lord; sing praises to our God, accompanied by harps". Psalm 147:7


"Sing out your thanks to the Lord; sing praises to our God, accompanied by harps". Psalm 147:7

God in His great wisdom asks us to be thankful in every circumstance. It took me a long time to understand this heavenly command. I am still learning and struggling to follow the path of thankfulness, especially when grumbling and anger come naturally or as a habit. Then I stop, hold my tongue and think about the benefits, blessings and protection of thankfulness.

Thankfulness fills my heart with His light. Darkness cannot creep in. Every shadow hovering over me is banned.

Thankfulness changes my attitude and my direction. Instead of fighting the Lord's ways, I can accept them. My complaints become fewer and fewer.

My relationship with people, especially the difficult ones, become more meaningful. The Lord gives me understanding, He trains my thoughts and aligns them with His own.

In my obedience to be thankful the Lord transforms difficult and seemingly lost situations in new and unexpected blessings.

Thank You Lord for the sacrifice on the cross when You saved us and made us Your own.

Thank You Lord for the hope You give us, for the life You sustain in us, for the future You promise us with You in heaven. I am blessed when I think about the richness of Your goodness. For your word says: "Set out a sacrifice I can accept: YOUR THANKFULNESS. Do this, and you will honor me. Those who straighten up their lives will know the saving grace of God". Psalm 50.23.

Lord, through thankfulness keep our thoughts and minds connected with Yours that they do not run around like wild and untamed horses in the wilderness.

Lord, in my weakness be my strength. Help me to overcome my natural tendency of complaining. Strengthen my relationship with You. Give me peace and grace in every situation, for where You are my heart also wants to be. Amen.

Marguerite Ryf wislerryf@yahoo.com

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Additional Readings: Proverbs 12:10-21 and Galatians 5:2-15

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