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cropped-rose-4.gifPsalm 100:4, 5, “Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. For the Lord is good”

Psalm 107:1, “Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever”

As a believer in Jesus Christ, I find it so easy to become spiritually nearsighted, focusing on God’s wonderful gifts while failing to center my love on God Himself. Sometimes my prayers sound like a “wish list” just before Christmas. God tells us to present our needs to Him, and He delights in receiving our gratitude for what He bestows. However, He longs that we love Him for who He is, not just for what He gives.

Bible teacher Leon Tucker told about taking a trip to Europe and promising his little daughter that he would bring her a doll from each country he visited. He purchased them in Ireland, Scotland, Belgium, France, and several other countries. But on the way back to the States, the luggage containing these gifts was delayed and didn’t arrive with him.

When Tucker got home, his little daughter greeted him with love and expectation. The look on her face said, “Did you bring the dolls, Daddy?” Gently he told her about the mix-up. Momentarily her lip quivered and her eyes filled with tears, but then she threw her arms around his neck and said, “I’d rather have you, Daddy, than all the dolls in the world!”

Further thoughts:

Scripture emphasizes the importance of praising God for His goodness and mercy. Many of the psalms are the outpouring of thankful hearts. For example, “Let the peoples praise You, O God; let all the peoples praise You” (Psalm 67:3). “Be thankful to Him, and bless His name” (Psalm 100:4). The apostle Paul urged his fellow Christians (we should too) to give “thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Ephesians 5:20). In light of the above, take some time to recall the Lord’s pardon, His constant protection, His faithful provision, and His abiding presence in your life.

Thank Him for whatever has helped you to develop the blessedness that reflects His plan for your well-being. Despite our trials, we can give thanks for God’s unfailing goodness; for His holy name; for deliverance from sin and for victory over death. Even when all joy seems gone, we can still find reasons to thank and praise God. The psalmist reminds us that “the earth is full of the goodness of the LORD” (Psalm 33:5). My brethren, may God open our eyes to His many acts of goodness every single day so we’ll never doubt His presence and His mercy, grace and love.

So, my beloved, is God more precious to you than all of His gifts? Your love and devotion should be centered on the Giver, not His gifts.

No gift is greater than the giver Himself