Oh, that men would give thanks to the LORD for His goodness, And for His wonderful works to the children of men! - Psalm 107v8
Oh that men would give thanks. What a wonderful thought. Psalm 107 is very much a psalm of thanksgiving. While I was reading through it I came across these words in 'The Valley of Vision.'
'Thanks be to thee for my high and holy calling.
I bless thee for ministering angels, for the comfort of thy Word, for the ordinances of the church, for the teaching of the Spirit, for thy holy sacraments, for the communion of the saints, for Christian fellowship, for the recorded annals of holy lives, for examples sweet to allure, for beacons sad to deter.'
Like the psalmist in Psalm 107 the writer of these words decides to focus his thoughts on thanksgiving. A lot of people have prayer lists, but I wonder how many of us have a thanks list.'
Oh that we would learn how to give thanks. God is work. He does His wonderful works to the children of men. Sometimes it might help us to keep a list of those wonderful works and give him thanks from our thanks list.
My prayer life is not perfect. What makes it worse is that in my prayer time I too often get so focused in the asking that I forget about the thanking.
In everything give thanks. Be care-ful for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving... Giving thanks always.
We could go on and on.
Oh that I would remember to give thanks. My God certainly deserves it.