December 15th, 2017 — Devote

What do you think? Is it possible to say, “thank you” too much? I wonder if I say it enough. And when I say it, does it convey my deepest feelings of gratitude, or is it just my lips flapping because it’s the words that are expected at that given moment. Thanksgiving! Gratitude! I wonder if I express what’s truly in my heart, not only to those around me, what most importantly to my God.

I want to say “thank You” for all He’s done for me but the words are just so puny. I want to say ‘thank You” for all that He’s doing for me but my words seem so measly. I want to say “thank You” for what I know and believe He’s going to do in my life, but my words are frail.

You see, when I think about the way things could be; I’m thankful. When I think about the way things should be; I’m thankful. When I think that my God didn’t have to provide for me… He didn’t have to protect me… He didn’t have to make any promises to me and then on top of it, keep every one of them… He didn’t have light my path… give me strength for each new day… fill my life with joy – I just want to say “thank you” but Lord, those words sound almost feeble.

I was thinking of things like that as I read my Bible today. Here are the words…
“Our LORD, we are thankful and we worship only You. We will tell the nations how glorious You are and what You have done. Because of Your wonderful deeds we will sing Your praises everywhere on earth.” Isaiah 12:4-5 CEV

I hope you realize with me that even if I couldn’t speak a word, I could still thank God. Even if I never mumble or stutter another syllable, I can still give thanks. Even if my vocal chords never move again, I can still say “thank You, Lord!”

You see, when I raise my hands, I’m telling my God, “thank You!” When tears of love and joy flow from my eyes, I’m telling my God, “thank You!” When I shout in the midst of my storm, I telling my God, “thank You!” When I dance before my enemies, I’m telling my God, “thank You!” When I bow my head at the table prepared for me in the presence of those who hate me, I’m telling my God, “thank You!” When I’m standing before a door that’s just been closed, I’m telling my God, “thank You!” When I’m walking through a door that’s just been opened, I’m telling my God, “thank You!” When I’m about to partake of the daily bread He’s graciously supplied, I’m telling my God, “thank You!”

Here’s my word of encouragement for you today: I don’t think it’s possible to say “thank you” enough. But go ahead and thank God today for all He has done, is doing and will do. And if need be, use words!

Father,
Listen not only to my lips but listen to my heart as I give thanks to You. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.

Rev. Dr. MM Marxhausen