Giving Thanks Always from Our Daily Bread
And in that day thou shall say, O Lord, I will praise thee; though thou wast angry with me, thine anger is turned away, and thou comforted me. Behold God is my salvation, I will trust, and not be afraid, for the Lord JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation. Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation. And in that day shall ye say, Praise the Lord, call upon his name, declare his doings among the people, make mention that his name is exalted. Sing unto the Lord; for he hath done excellent things; this is known in all the earth. Cry out and shout, thou inhabitant of Zion; for great is the Holy One of Israel in the midst of thee.Isaiah 12:1-6 (KJV)
In the 17th century, Martin Rinkart served as a clergyman in Saxony, Germany, for more than 30 years during times of war and plague. One year he conducted more than 4,000 funerals, including his wife that became the well-loved English hymn, "Now Thank We All Out God's, and at times food was so scarce that his family went hungry. Although he could have despaired, his faith in God remained strong and he gave thanks continually. In fact, he poured his gratitude into "Nun danket alle Gott," the song that became the well=loved English hymn, "Now Thank We All Our God."
Rinkart followed the example of the prophet Isaiah, who instructed God's people to give thanks at all times, including when they'd disappointed God or when enemies oppressed them. Even then they were to exalt God's name, making "known among the nations what he has done".
We might give thanks easily during harvest celebrations such as Thanksgiving, when we're enjoying an abundant feast with friends and family. But can we express our gratitude to God in difficult times, such as when we're missing someone from our table or when we're struggling with our fiances or when we're locked in conflict with one close to us?
Let's echo Pastor Rinkart, joining hearts and voices as we give praise and thanks to "the eternal God, whom earth and Heaven adore." We can "sing to the LORD, for he has done glorious things" (v.5) by Amy Boucher Pye
In times of hardship, how do you turn to thanksgiving and praise? What role does God through His Holy Spirit play in this?
Prayer: Father God, I thank You for Your amazing work in my life. You love me unendingly, more than I can even express, in Jesus' name, amen.