Praise the Lord. Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.

Psalm 106:1 NIV

Listen to Words from the Heart

Praise and Give Thanks

The speaker of Canada’s House of Commons on September 26 said he would quit, a few days after he publicly praised a former Nazi soldier in Parliament in an incident that Russia said helped justify its war on Ukraine. Anthony Rota told legislators he had made a mistake by inviting ex-soldier Yaroslav Hunka, 98, to attend a session in the House honouring Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy last Friday. Mr. Rota publicly recognized Mr. Hunka, calling him a hero.

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As you take time to read the Bible, take note at how many times we are commanded to give thanks. It isn’t as often as we are commanded to not fear but it is a very common command. The command to be thankful is important because it reminds us of the One who is the source of our blessings. It is too easy to take things for granted, to not offer our appreciation. After all, the world tells us that the greatest thing is to be a self-made person, to do it “my way.” The principles of the Kingdom of God are just the opposite. Listen to what King David writes in Psalm 106:1: “Praise the Lord. Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.” We are called to take our eyes off our own life, off our own accomplishments, our own achievements, and place them onto the God who is over all. Ronald Reagan had a plaque on his desk that said, “there is no measure to how far a man can go if he doesn’t care who gets the credit.” In a human sense this is right. As Christians, we are called to give all the credit to God.

These have been words from the heart.
Bob Beasley