Thankful – In Spirit and In Truth

Over a week of the thankfulness challenge (and also November!) has gone by, and I have struggled at times to enter into praise before my Lord – my thanks seem trivial, and my heart lacks animation. There are so many things to be thankful for, and I am thankful for them, but though my lips move uttering my thanks… my heart does not grasp the God who has given them. I do not know Him better, or find myself at all humbled by these contemplations. Who am I thankful to? What Greatness has bestowed these things? Where is my motivation for thankfulness coming from?

Oh loved ones in the Lord, may we not be satisfied with mere words, but continue seeking our Lord’s face until our knees buckle and we must bow down before His Majesty! In this month leading up to Thanksgiving day, may our thanks be a necessary overflow from a heart that knows it’s Maker and it’s Lover! May our thanks be a prayer, an offering, a sweet-smelling savor for God’s sake alone, a response to our own frailty… may they mingle with our tears of unworthiness and yet acceptance before the great throne of our King on high. Offer your thanks in spirit and in truth, and be thankful unto HIM, whose name is forever, whose holiness cannot be described, whose love is everlasting, whose judgments search the heart and are true and right. May His name be praised!

The Psalms are filled with exhortations to praise the name of the Lord. And that is where my heart is today.

“Not unto us, O Lord, not unto us, but unto thy name give glory, for thy mercy, and for thy truth’s sake.” (Psalm 115:1)

…my Savior, I thank You for Your work of salvation, and grace, and mercy poured upon me freely! I thank you for being the champion of my soul…

…Lover of my soul, I thank you for seeking ME out personally, for so loving me with an Your everlasting love that You will not let me go…

…my Creator, I thank you for Your faithfulness to Your creation! I am always in awe at the thought that Your work as Creator did not end on the 6th day of time, but rather continues even now as You hold everything together and sustain us through each moment! All for the manifestation of Your glory and for the love of Your people!…

…Father of the fatherless, I thank You for upholding us when others fail and bringing comfort to hurting souls, for putting adoption into the hearts of Your people and being the Might for those who have no might…

…our Holy Judge, I thank You that Your ways are just and right, that no man can change Your mind, that in Your judgement You are not capricious or changeable to sway from one view to another, but righteous through all generations…

…my King and my God, I thank You for Your sovereign control! What comfort and peace, what humble reverence and trust is mine! You rule over Your people in mercy and wisdom, for their good and their salvation. My heart rests secure in You…

…O Strength of my life, I thank You for being the defense of my soul, for protecting me from the enemy’s mortal blows. You make me confident, You take away all my fears, and I thank You for the great Bulwark You are in my heart…

May my thanks ever flow before the Lord’s throne as an offering poured out in love and praise, from a heart that is wholly fixed on pleasing Him and no one else – not myself, and not you. More of You, dear Jesus, and so much less of me!

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About Michelle

I am the middle of three daughters, daily living by the grace of God and in awe of Christ's perfect love, to suffer and die in atonement for my sins, and then rise from the dead to give me eternal life with Him. I get excited about reading/applying/talking about God's Word, travel, fellowship, nutrition, books, writing, photography, cooking and especially baking, designing things, event planning, and doing things with my family.

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