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Reflections on Giving

PSALM 105:1-4

Oh, give thanks to the Lord! Call upon His name; Make known His deeds among the peoples! Sing to Him, sing psalms to Him; Talk of all His wondrous works!
Glory in His holy name; Let the hearts of those rejoice who seek the Lord!
Seek the Lord and His strength; Seek His face evermore!

Gratitude is a gateway to joyous living.  It has been shown that those who live with grateful hearts are more optimistic, enthusiastic, and cheerful.  God created us and knows what is best for our mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual health.  That is why He gave us so many admonitions to praise Him and give thanks to Him. He does not need it. He is eternally the same and self-sufficient. However, we need to give thanks for our well-being!  Consider these verses…

Ps.106:5 – Praise the Lord.  Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good.

Ps. 150:6 – Let everything that has breath praise the LORD!

Ps.98:1 – O sing to the LORD a new song, for he has done marvelous things.

Ephesians 5:20 – Giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. 

Hebrews 12:28 – Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful.

Revelation – 11:17 – And they said, “We give thanks to you, Lord God, the Almighty, the one who is and who was and who always was, for now you have assumed your great power and have begun to reign. 

We are not always mindful of the magnificence of God when we pray and give thanks.  For those of us who grew up going to church every week, God has been a part of our lives since we were very small children.  Sometimes, the commonality of someone that has “always” been an name we know, mentioned in prayer, and studied in SS can lead us to become “comfortable” with the LORD.  We can grow complacent with the ONE Who is the most powerful, fearful, and awesome person in the universe. It is true. He is our Father. But, He is also ALMIGHTY GOD.

Some of the names of God remind us of His splendor and glory.

Jehovah-Jireh – “The LORD will provide”. Gen. 2214.

Jehovah-Nissi – “The LORD is my banner.” – Ex.17:15.

Jehovah-Shalom – “The LORD is Peace” – Judges 6:24

Jehovah Sabbaoth – “The LORD of All of the Hosts of Heaven” – 1 Sam.1:3; 17:45.

Jehovah Rohi – “The LORD is my Shepherd” – Ps. 23:1

Jehovah Tsidkenu – “The LORD our Righteousness” – Jer.23:6

Jehovah – Shammah – “The LORD is there” – Ezek.48:35

So, remember, Psalm 105:1Oh, give thanks to the Lord! Call upon His name.