Psalm 69:30: “I will praise God’s name in song and glorify him with thanksgiving.”

I find it easy to praise God’s name and glorify him with thanksgiving when I feel strong and healthy, when someone sends me a lovely gift, when my prayers get answered.

However, it’s another story when I feel sick and when I’ve prayed for years for someone’s salvation to no avail. As author Nancy Leigh DeMoss would say, at that time I choose to be a whiner or a worshiper.

At Thanksgiving, some of us sing the song, “Now Thank We All Our God.” I love the last three lines, “Hath blessed us on our way With countless gifts of love, And still is ours today.”

Martin Rinkart, a seventeenth century Lutheran pastor, wrote that song in Eilenberg during the Thirty Years War. He averaged more than 4,500 funeral services at the height of the war. One of those was for his wife.

However, the first three lines tell us Martin Rinkart chose to worship. “Now thank we all our God, With hearts and hands and voices, Who wondrous things hath done.”

Dear God, I chose to worship you this Thanksgiving. Amen.

Application: For what will you glorify the Father with thanksgiving this week?

Copyright © by Yvonne Ortega November 22, 2011

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