Psalms 34:4-5 I sought the Lord, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears. 5 They looked unto him, and were lightened: and their faces were not ashamed.
While it is good to set aside one day to give God thanks; go beyond that and make thanksgiving and praise something that you do every day.
What has God done for you lately? Is it healing, deliverance, provision, protection, opened new doors of opportunities or did he make a way when there was no way? You only need to do a quick reflection of your life over the last few weeks and months to see the hand of God at work. It may be as simple as God preserving and keeping you during this time of global pandemic; that alone is reason to give God thanks.
In Psalms 34 David did his own reflection and he said I sought the Lord and he delivered me from all my fears. It was not just one fear that God delivered him from, but God had delivered him from all of those things that he feared would come upon him; that included the fear of being killed by the Philistines when he went to live in Philistine territory to escape from Saul. He did not only see God’s deliverance at work in His life but also in the lives of others; so he said in verse 5 “they looked unto him and were lightened”. Here he recounted instances when others were at their wits end , not knowing not what to do, but “they were lightened”. God gave them wisdom by showing them the way and because he came through, what could have been a circumstance of shame and disgrace never manifested like that. Of a truth then He is deserving of thanksgiving and praise. God’s history of coming through whatever the circumstances makes him worthy of continuous thanksgiving and praise.
Life Application: Take 5 minutes daily to reflect on the goodness of God and respond with thanksgiving and praise.
Prayer: Lord, thank you for being a great father. Thank you for all that you have done for me. Thank you for your strength and your peace. In Jesus name, amen.