Words from the Heart for Thursday November 22nd, 2018
Offer unto God thanksgiving; and pay thy vows unto the most High: And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me.
Psalm 50:14-15 (KJV)
Offer Unto God Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving becomes a relationship with our living God for individuals and even for nations! He’s committed to respond to those who will call upon Him. He is honoured by their dependency on Him. His Name will be glorified in the lives of those who are not ashamed to say they need the Lord.
Four days after being traded from the Toronto Raptors to the San Antonio Spurs, four-time NBA all-star DeMar DeRozan posted this message on his Instagram page: “Words could never express what you’ve meant to me. I was just a 19-year-old kid from Compton when we first met, but you took me in and embraced me as one of your own. Thank you, Toronto, thank you, Canada.”
We usually think of Thanksgiving as a holiday – as it is today in USA. Or perhaps a song we sing, or a prayer we pray. While it is important that we offer thanks to the God who provides all that we have, our thanks must flow forth in every part of our lives – in all that we do. He has given us the gift of eternal life – we can never earn that, nor do we ever deserve it. He gives us that gift through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. And while it is a free gift, we are called to live a life as a thank offering for that gift. The Psalmist understood this and so writes in Psalm 50:14-15: “Offer unto God thanksgiving; and pay thy vows unto the most High: And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me.” What a wonderful promise God gives here. As we thank the Lord by living a life of faith, allowing His holy presence to shine through us, we fulfill what the Psalmist calls here, “our vows.” And as we do, God promises His abiding presence – even in the most challenging times in our lives.
These have been words from the heart.