Thank You – The Saturday Morning Post
Today’s Passage – Leviticus 22 – 23 (Click on the references to listen to the audio – Click here to view the passage from Blue Letter Bible)
(Second Milers also read – John 15 – 16; Proverbs 11; Psalms 56 – 60
Read the “0211 Evening and Morning“ devotion for today, by the late Charles Haddon Spurgeon.
“And when ye will offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving unto the LORD, offer it at your own will.” (Leviticus 22:29)
“A Psalm of praise. Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands. (2) Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing. (3) Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. (4) Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. (5) For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.” (Psalm 100:1-5)
Good morning. Is it in your will to say thank you to God? It should be. God has done so much for us. While the world is going crazy, He keeps us safe. While prices increase, and our paychecks decrease, He supplies our every need. He gave Himself to die on a cross, and pay the price for our sins. When we come before Him, we should be thankful, praising and blessing His name. As I’m writing this, my cat, Bela, is sitting next to me in the chair, purring. Even though she walks across the keyboard while I’m trying to put this blog together, I still love her, and feed her, and clean her litter box. Take a look around you, everything you have, God has given you. Sometimes we need to say thank you. Most of the time we need to be thankful all of the time. Why? It should be your will to do so. Psalm 100 and verse 5 gives us three reasons why…
1) Because the LORD is good.
Look at all the good things that God has blessed you with.
“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.” (James 1:17)
Even the gifts that we perceive as being bad are good…
“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28)
So the LORD is good and everything He gives us is an extension of that goodness.
2) The mercy of the LORD is everlasting.
“And the LORD passed by before him, and proclaimed, The LORD, The LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, (7) Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children’s children, unto the third and to the fourth generation. (8) And Moses made haste, and bowed his head toward the earth, and worshipped.” (Exodus 34:6-8)
Now I could have grabbed Bella, and threw her across the room when she walked across my laptop’s keyboard. But I realize that she is only a cat, and I have mercy on her. God shows us mercy: forgiving our iniquity, our transgressions, and our sin: He remembers we are just dust.
3) The truth of the LORD endureth to all generations.
“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6)
“Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. (18) For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. (19) Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 5:17-19)
“I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. (15) I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil. (16) They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. (17) Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. (18) As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world. (19) And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth.” (John 17:14-19)
God preserved His Truth, written for English speaking people, in the King James Bible, so that we will know how to be saved from eternity in Hell.
“And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. (12) He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. (13) These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.” (1John 5:11-13)
“O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever. (2) O give thanks unto the God of gods: for his mercy endureth for ever. (3) O give thanks to the Lord of lords: for his mercy endureth for ever. (4) To him who alone doeth great wonders: for his mercy endureth for ever. (5) To him that by wisdom made the heavens: for his mercy endureth for ever. (6) To him that stretched out the earth above the waters: for his mercy endureth for ever. (7) To him that made great lights: for his mercy endureth for ever: (8) The sun to rule by day: for his mercy endureth for ever: (9) The moon and stars to rule by night: for his mercy endureth for ever. (10) To him that smote Egypt in their firstborn: for his mercy endureth for ever: (11) And brought out Israel from among them: for his mercy endureth for ever: (12) With a strong hand, and with a stretched out arm: for his mercy endureth for ever. (13) To him which divided the Red sea into parts: for his mercy endureth for ever: (14) And made Israel to pass through the midst of it: for his mercy endureth for ever: (15) But overthrew Pharaoh and his host in the Red sea: for his mercy endureth for ever. (16) To him which led his people through the wilderness: for his mercy endureth for ever. (17) To him which smote great kings: for his mercy endureth for ever: (18) And slew famous kings: for his mercy endureth for ever: (19) Sihon king of the Amorites: for his mercy endureth for ever: (20) And Og the king of Bashan: for his mercy endureth for ever: (21) And gave their land for an heritage: for his mercy endureth for ever: (22) Even an heritage unto Israel his servant: for his mercy endureth for ever. (23) Who remembered us in our low estate: for his mercy endureth for ever: (24) And hath redeemed us from our enemies: for his mercy endureth for ever. (25) Who giveth food to all flesh: for his mercy endureth for ever. (26) O give thanks unto the God of heaven: for his mercy endureth for ever.” (Psalm 136:1-26)
Thank You, LORD, for all that You’ve done for me.
Posted in Devotions by Pastor Ted Stahl with 3 comments.
Amen Pastor Ted.So true we cannot out give God. As Christians He does not deserve to be second or third in our hearts He needs to be first not some of the time but all of that time.like the post.
God needs to come first in our life he provides with everything we need. During this time. Because God loves us in do many ways. He is always there. Especially when there is two atlanticare volunteers. Who serve the lord.