Living thankful is a direct result of the impact that God has on our lives.
- We have seen some of the reasons to rejoice in the Lord our God with glorious shouts of thanksgiving.
- These shouts of thanksgiving will continue to increase until they have the sound of many waters and the sound of mighty thunderings. (Revelation 19:6)
- In every stage of life, we should remember that the Lord God Omnipotent reigns.
The Psalms of David often gives voice to the cries of our hearts.
- He shows us the highs of great triumph and trust and the profound lows of deep valleys.
- Most of us have known both of those times.
- We have rejoiced with great joys.
- We have experienced the distresses of troubles that plague us day and night.
- Sometimes with the food of our sorrows and troubles comes the question, “Where is your God?”
Psalm 42:3 (NKJV) My tears have been my food day and night, While they continually say to me, “Where is your God?”
Psalm 42:4 (NKJV) When I remember these things, I pour out my soul within me. For I used to go with the multitude; I went with them to the house of God, With the voice of joy and praise, With a multitude that kept a pilgrim feast.
Does that sound like you?
- You remember the voice of your soul crying out with joy and praise.
- You remember times with other believers when the house of God was filled with cries of thanksgiving.
While still in deep discouragement, David cried out.
Psalm 42:5 (NKJV) Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted (discouraged) within me? Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him For the help of His countenance.
Psalm 42:10 (NKJV) As with a breaking of my bones, My enemies reproach me, While they say to me all day long, “Where is your God?”
Have you been going through a great valley experience?
Is your soul aching for the Lord God to come to your aid?
Psalm 42:11 (NLT) Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again— my Savior and my God!
- Listen to what David did when he was cast down.
- He said to himself, “Look up! God is still your help.”
While he was still in that valley, listen to the words of his testimony.
Psalm 3:1–8 (NKJV) 1Lord, how they have increased who trouble me! Many are they who rise up against me. 2Many are they who say of me, “There is no help for him in God.” Selah 3But You, O Lord, are a shield for me, My glory and the One who lifts up my head. 4I cried to the Lord with my voice, And He heard me from His holy hill. Selah 5I lay down and slept; I awoke, for the Lord sustained me. 6I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people who have set themselves against me all around. 7Arise, O Lord; Save me, O my God! For You have struck all my enemies on the cheekbone; You have broken the teeth of the ungodly. 8Salvation belongs to the Lord. Your blessing is upon Your people. Selah
David is demonstrating the practice of lifting up your eyes to the Lord who made heaven and earth.
- Have you found the Lord to be a present help in the time of your trouble?
- Is the Lord your healer and the supplier of your need?
- Have you found that He is your defense on the right hand and on the left?
- Has He become your strength and your life?
The more we learn about the Lord our God, the more we will “still be thankful.”
- When the waters of trouble surge all around you, lift up your head and rejoice, for the Lord is your salvation.
- When the fire of adversity is raging, He is your peace and safety.
- When the enemy has encamped all around you, the Lord is your high tower and rock of defense.
- When your iniquities and sins drag you down and almost destroy your soul, He becomes your righteousness and the lover of your soul.
This is why we still cry out with thankful hearts.
1 Chronicles 16:34 (NKJV) Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.
Did you hear that?
- God is good!
- God’s mercy endures forever.
- Just think about that.
- When everything around you seems to be bad, look up to the God of your salvation.
- When your trouble has encamped around you like an army, remember the Lord has not forsaken you.
- When your soul is distressed with the trouble of it all, God is still your very present help.
When I consider these things, my mind goes back to declarations of Psalms 23.
- Look at these familiar words in a different way.
Psalm 23:1–6 (NLT) 1The Lord is my shepherd; I have all that I need. 2He lets me rest in green meadows; he leads me beside peaceful streams. 3He renews my strength. He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to his name. 4Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me. 5You prepare a feast for me in the presence of my enemies. You honor me by anointing my head with oil. My cup overflows with blessings. 6Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life, and I will live in the house of the Lord forever.
Why are we still thankful?
- When everyone else would be filled with fear and dread, we have hope.
- When everyone else would be hungry and deprived, we are taken care of and fed.
- When everyone else would be having restless days and nights, we rest under God’s care.
- Through every storm and adversity, we have peace that passes understanding.
We should put this into practice right now.
Psalm 24:7–10 (NKJV) 7Lift up your heads, O you gates! And be lifted up, you everlasting doors! And the King of glory shall come in. 8Who is this King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty, The Lord mighty in battle. 9Lift up your heads, O you gates! Lift up, you everlasting doors! And the King of glory shall come in. 10Who is this King of glory? The Lord of hosts, He is the King of glory. Selah
Stop right now and start giving God more praise and thanksgiving.