Are you thankful to the Lord, sister? No matter what is going on, no matter how seemingly good or bad, is your heart thankful for the Lord’s providences? Do you praise Him?
I grew up in the church of Christ. One of the songs I learned by heart very early on was Count your blessings. Part of the song goes…
When upon life’s billows you are tempest tossed
Do not be discouraged thinking all is lost
Count your many blessings name them one by one
And you’ll be surprised what the Lord hath done.
As a very little girl who couldn’t read yet, I memorized the words, took them to heart, and sang them with all the gusto that tiny me could manage. Those words helped to teach me to be thankful to God, no matter what.
The command to praise God in all circumstances was then cemented into my heart from a very young age. Thus, it’s always seemed to me that praising God is what we ought to do no matter what our circumstances. After all, the Lord commands us to be thankful and to praise Him.
Psalm 103: 2 Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits,
1 Thessalonians 5: 16-18, Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
God not only commands us to praise Him, He expects us to do so continually no matter what is going on in our lives.
So the question is…are we praising Him? Do we trust Him enough to praise Him? No matter what?
My family has had a very difficult year. We’ve struggled with illness, pain, multiple financial disasters, injuries, potential surgery, and we’re still struggling. My husband has yet to pay us what he owes us for November; without it, we’re right back in a financial pit from which I see no way out (please, please, pray he comes through). Yet, in spite of all of that, we’ve had so much to be thankful for. In spite of everything and through it all, the Lord has poured out His blessings on us. God has been so good to us in the midst of trials. He is always good to His people in the midst of their trials. This we must remember. We have so many causes to praise Him.
Our trials ought always to be a time of thanksgiving. We ought always to be thankful to the Lord for His goodness towards us.