Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good, For His lovingkindness is everlasting. 2 Give thanks to the God of gods, For His lovingkindness is everlasting. 3 Give thanks to the Lord of lords, For His lovingkindness is everlasting. 4 To Him who alone does great wonders, For His lovingkindness is everlasting; 5 To Him who made the heavens with skill, For His lovingkindness is everlasting. Psalm 136:1-5 [NASB]
There is an old song of the church written by John Oatman titled: “Count Your Blessings.” The refrain states the following challenge: Count your blessings, name them one by one, Count your blessings, see what God has done! Count your blessings, name them one by one, Count your many blessings, see what God has done. And it will surprise you what the Lord has done.1
The Psalmist David writes these words in a Psalm referred to as the Great Hallel. This is the Psalm of “Great Praise” (The Hebrew Hallel means praise). This Psalm recites God’s provision for His people. The liturgy of this text recalls God’s provision, guidance, and protection. It reminds His people to “count their blessings.”
Often when we face negative life issues we can become discouraged. We focus on our problems and not our provisions. We can be micro minded instead of macro minded. [MICRO] Our world can be loss centered. We can see obstacles instead of potentials. Scripture calls us to remember the Greatness [MACRO] of God against the weakness of our struggles.
Do we have problems? YES! Do we face struggles? YES! Do we give up? NO!!! This Psalm calls us to remember our Divinely ordained victories. The recitation of God’s provisions challenges our thankful meter. This is what St. Paul refers to in his second letter to the suffering Thessalonian Christians.
16Rejoice always; 17pray without ceasing; 18in everything give thanks; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 [NASB]
We can easily rejoice when life is good. But we really know how to develop praise when we face hardships. This is a maturing of our faith. We can either give up or grow up! Faith produces potential for assured victory. Here are three “A’s” we need to spiritually grasp hold of when living a victorious life.
APTITUDE: This is defined as capability, acquired ability to be able to learn and handle circumstances. We learn from our challenges and develop spiritual coping skills.
ATTITUDE: Our attitude will either defeat us or promote us. Hebrews 11:1.6 reminds us of the need for faith. Your attitude can either be your worst enemy or your best friend. 1 Corinthians 2:16 declares we have “the mind of Christ.” A thankful heart produces a thankful life that causes us to excel.
ALTITUDE: Faith in a providing and guiding God will cause you to achieve goals that you assumed were unattainable. You will soar to new heights of faith. You will be stretched and will grow beyond your ability but not God’s availability. Let’s rejoice and be glad! Let’s be thankful! Let’s learn to walk in faith and we will eventually walk on streets of gold.
~ Pastor Bob