After taking a walk with the Lord after which I felt a bit down and disappointed because my time with Him hadn’t measured up to what I had hoped for coupled with my recent sadness over a super big loss, I told Him this: “…you are so faithful and I want to be thankful all the time. Even when I’m not happy with my circumstances, I want to praise you.”
This was a really big step forward for me. A big faith and love step. Faith in God and love for Him are to go hand in hand, and when all is well, and we are truly devoted to Him and to His Word, both will grow. Faith will increase. So will love. And with this, Lord willing, our praise and thanksgiving will strengthen over time.
My thanksgiving to God used to be all conditional. I felt thanking Him and praising Him were to be based on having the life I wanted, getting what I wanted, having my prayers answered according to my will, etc. But the more I have followed Jesus, the more I have read the Bible, the more I have grown in faith and love, I have fallen more and more in love with Jesus and come to see thanksgiving and praise are to be conditional indeed. But not on our life’s circumstances whether good or bad. Instead, they are to be conditional on Christ Himself. Yes, on Jesus!
Jesus deserves our thanksgiving and praise continually, and so this day and all the ones to come, I resolve to thank and praise the Lord. This is my praise and thanksgiving resolution.
Will you resolve this with me, friend? Will you thank and praise the Lord continually no matter your life’s circumstances? Oh, let us praise the Lord! Let us thank Him, oh let us, AMEN!
“I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth.” Psalms 34:1
“By thee have I been holden up from the womb: thou art he that took me out of my mother’s bowels: my praise shall be continually of thee.” Psalms 71:6
“But I will hope continually, and will yet praise thee more and more.” Psalms 71:14
“By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.” Psalms 13:15