By Kathleen Brewer
“Shout with joy to the Lord, all the earth! Worship the Lord with gladness. Come before him, singing with joy. Acknowledge that the Lord is God! He made us and we are his. We are the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with Thanksgiving, go into his courts with praise. Give thanks to him and praise his name.”
In these verses the psalmist David very simply lays out a plan for how we should pray. First, praise the Lord for who He is. Shout to the Lord! Praise him that He is almighty God. Second, worship the Lord. Tell him you adore him, that He is the light of your life. Thirdly, acknowledge, God is our Shepherd! He cares for us each day as one of his very own. He will provide for your needs. And lastly, give thanks to Him for all your blessings.
Over the past few weeks, the Lord has brought to memory a song that a friend of mine and her father sang in the church I was raised in. It wasn’t the words that really made it special, although they were good. It was the attitude of the couple who sang and their lives. They were simple Christian’s like you and me who wanted to thank the Lord. Not because they were well to do but because God’s care provided for their needs in all circumstances.
Part of the lyrics say “There’s a roof up above me, I’ve a good place to sleep. There’s food on my table and shoes on my feet:
You gave me your love Lord and a fine family. Thank you, Lord, for your blessings on me!!
(A version of the song, “Thank You Lord, For Your Blessings On Me,” the song Kathleen refers to in this devotion can be found here on YouTube. While not Easter Brothers version, it is from 100 Huntley Street.)