Hi everyone! It’s been a while. There are lot of things I want to share with you, but we shall take it step by step. First things first: I might be back from regular blogging. Or wait. Did I ever start at all? Nevertheless, this will be another one of those “new beginnings.”
Let us celebrate this milestone by talking about praise and thanksgiving.
After a long day of work (or school), have we ever got the time to thank God that we’re busy? Or do we rush with “homework” or drop on our beds because, duh, we’re really, really, really just tired.
We’ve all been there. Going home after a long day and just lying straight to sleep without even having time to change or have our quiet time. Ouch. Or is it just me? That was me few hours ago after I got home. But thank God for this grace that I finally understood what a joy it is to say “Thank you Lord for today” and really mean it.
“Praise the Lord! Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!”
Psalms 106:1 ESV
This verse might be so common for us. We always hear it at church. But today, reading those words, just wow. How many times have we thank the Lord for He is good? Most often we only cry out to God when we need Him because of our struggles. But have you realized how much more should be praising Him just by Him being good? We not only praise Him because He provides for us, cares for us or because He never forsakes us (of course we should praise Him in those situations), but also because of the fact that He is Lord. That’s it. His love for us endures forever. If He loves us regardless of our sins, how much more should we love Him because He is our God! Praise Him that because of His love, we are saved, redeemed and made perfect in Him. All because Jesus died the death we should have died. That alone gives us so much reasons to praise His name! How much more in our everyday lives where He continues to give us mercy, grace and love?
Let this be a reminder for all of us that Christ’s death on the Cross did not end there. He rose again, just like He said because He is an all-powerful and all-knowing God. He deserves our praise to Him each and everyday. Not just when He blesses us, but all the more when He gives us those trials to shape us into the person He wants us to be–and that is being Christ-like.
Let’s develop that attitude of praise in the midst of the storm. Gratitude in the middle of trials. And a heart that’s full of joy and peace from God because we know that He is in control of everything in our lives. Let’s begin to have that heart that always desire to please and worship our One true God.