Thank you. These two words are among the first words we learn. Yet, do we truly understand them? Or, do they simply pass our lips out of habit? Today, on Thanksgiving, I want to set my heart and my mind and my soul to LIVE a LIFE of THANKS!
Psalm 100 (Amplified Bible)
1 Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all you lands! 2 Serve the Lord with gladness! Come before His presence with singing! 3 Know (perceive, recognize, and understand with approval) that the Lord is God! It is He Who has made us, not we ourselves [and we are His]! We are His people and the sheep of His pasture. 4 Enter into His gates with thanksgiving and a thank offering and into His courts with praise! Be thankful and say so to Him, bless and affectionately praise His name! 5 For the Lord is good; His mercy and loving-kindness are everlasting, His faithfulness and truth endure to all generations.
This Psalm gives some clues into a life lived in thanks.
- Let my mouth make a “joyful noise.” When I read these words I think of a child squealing with delight as she opens a present. We’ve all heard that sound of shear delight escape the lips of a child. But somehow as we grow we let our thanks become dulled, weakened, even muted. (Lord, help me to regain the outward “sound” of joy in my life.)
- Let my “gladness” be expressed by serving others – in my home, in my neighborhood, in my community. A heart that is glad is settled and secure and able to reach out and spread gladness through a smile, a kind gesture, an offer to help. (Lord, let my gladness move me into acts of service – from small and simple to great and brave.)
- Let me “recognize” that my God is my God is my God! He made me – without Him I would not be. And for that, I need to offer daily thanks that I am here – with my kids, with my husband, able to walk out this life one more day. (Lord, help me to take each moment as a gift – a chance to contribute into the lives of people around me.)
- Let me “enter” into His presence. Again I think of children gathered around, pressing in to be close – wanting to be the child that gets to sit on the lap instead of the one that stands next to or near. My prayer life is my chance to enter into His presence – to sit face to face, one on one with my God – sharing my heart. (Lord, prompt me to pause and seek Your presence.)
- Let “be thankful” and let my life “say so!” I want to do more than say thank you. I want to LIVE THANKFUL. I want my life to express my gratitude to my God for all that He has given me – from the tiniest of gifts to the greatest of my treasures. (Lord, help me to LIVE GRATEFULLY.)
Will you do more than give a routine thanks?
Will you actually LIVE THANKS?
Help me LIVE OUT this Psalm. Let these words ring in my heart and in my mind as I walk about. Bring them to mind in moments when my heart is prone to complain. Help me to never take for granted the gift of each moment I am here. Let the things I believe come out in my life. Help me to LIVE THANKS boldly with NOISE, JOY, SERVICE, RECOGNITION and REMEMBRANCE!
In Your Amazing Name,