Thanks and praise
Thursday night at 8pm has become a regular event throughout the UK now for ‘clapping for the NHS and other key workers’. Households have gathered on balconies, doorsteps and gardens to pay tribute to the efforts of key workers during the crisis. Some households have banged pots and pans, while others have played bagpipes to show their support. We want to show our thanks to all the nurses, doctors and key workers for the amazing and very courageous work they are doing during this pandemic. We want to thank them for going into work day after day, risking their lives in order to save our lives. As well as showing key workers how much we appreciate what they are doing, it also helps us realise how fortunate we are.
How much more should we give thanks and praise and worship to our Father God?
My daily reading a few days ago, entitled ‘Joyful Celebration’, was Psalm 100, a psalm of thanksgiving.
Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.
Worship the Lord with gladness;
come before him with joyful songs.
Know that the Lord is God.
It is he who made us, and we are his
we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving
and his courts with praise;
give thanks to him and praise his name.
For the Lord is good and his love endures forever;
his faithfulness continues through all generations.
The psalm gives lots of reasons why we should worship God. He is our creator; we are his people; he is good and loving and always will be. The psalm tells us to remember God’s goodness and dependability, and then to worship him with thanksgiving and praise! Thanking and praising God as we go about our daily lives helps us realise how very blessed we are.
My notes ended with the challenge – ‘Be intentional in the coming week about seeing everything you do as an opportunity to worship the Lord with gladness.’
I shall try – with God’s help.