12 August 2016


By John Ollis

The songwriter speaks of giving thanks with a grateful heart,  as I guess we can say we are thankful but in reality we either expect it or simply take all the good stuff for granted. We are born selfish, and sadly we can bring that selfishness into our Christian life. The biggest revelation a person can have must be, that without the Lord WE CAN DO NOTHING OR EVER BE ANYTHING.
Psalm 107 has so much to say about giving thanks, in verse one we should give thanks because GOD IS GOOD  (all the time), why?  ecause His mercy ENDURES FOREVER hallelujah. Aren’t you glad that God is consistent in His love and mercy towards us.
In verse two the Psalmist says we should shout this fact from the rooftops, why ? HE HAS REDEEMED US (brought us out of the slave market of sin) FROM THE ENEMY. We are now God’s children adopted into His family, and are protected from the evil one.(As we walk in the light, and walk in obedience).
Verse eight tells us that we should not only thank God that He is good, but thank God for His goodness, and His wonderful works He performs constantly for us. God wants to TOTALLY SATISFY US AND FILLS OUR HUNGRY SOUL WITH HIS GOODNESS.
In verse twenty the Psalmist reminds us that our God is Jehovah Ropheca (The Lord our Healer), and through many and varied ways He sends His Word and heals us, not only physically, but emotionally, mentally, and most of all spiritually, He wants us to be whole spirit, soul and body, mind, emotions and will amen.
The Psalmist concludes the Psalm by speaking of the “Sacrifice of Thanksgiving”. We all know what a sacrifice is, something that really costs us, and there are times of testing, and the “dealings of God” that naturally speaking we find it hard to say thank you, but as New Testament priests we are to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ (1 Peter 2:5). In the midst of the dealings and testings we must remember, that like a parent, because we love our children, we must discipline them from time to time, perhaps God has  to deal with unthankfulness, the depravity of our heart, the rebellion that sometimes rises up in us, in the midst of the “refiner’s fire) we must learn to make a “sacrifice of Thanksgiving”.
I have written about Thanksgiving many times, and I guess I will again in the future, as we needed to be reminded regularly to make THANKFULNESS A LIFESTYLE.
Let us remind ourselves about the “pit from which we were taken”, that we were translated “out of the kingdom of darkness”, we are no longer under the “wrath of God”, this should immediately cause thankfulness to rise up within us, and help us prepare our hearts to worship the Lord in spirit and in truth.
Have an awesome weekend in Father’s House,enter with a thankful heart, and you will leave with your heart overflowing with the blessing of the Lord.