Good Morning June 4

The Psalms teach us a lesson in giving thanks. Many verses of the Psalms are expressions of praise and thanks to the gracious Lord. To be sure, there are also many verses crying out for help, and for deliverance from enemies, but even these are raising petitions to the one true Lord who the Psalmists knows does hear and respond to his cries. We, too, face many problems in life, but thanksgiving should be at the center of all we are. In the midst of a passage that acknowledges Christ’s suffering, and the difficulties we face in the world, the writer of Hebrews says, “Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise–the fruit of lips that openly profess his name.”(13:15) Sometimes praise of our Lord is offered through pain and tears. We offer it through Jesus who has gone before us in all things. In thanksgiving and praise we profess His name, and focus our hearts on the One who will see us through all times of life, good and bad. We can join with the Psalmist as he declares, Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.(106,107,118,136)

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