“O that we would praise the Lord for His goodness, and for His wonderful works to men.” Psalm 107:8
If we complained less and praised more–we would be happier, and God would be more glorified.
Let us daily praise God for common mercies. They are common as we frequently call them, and yet so priceless, that when deprived of them–we imagine that we are ready to perish! Let us bless God . . .
for the eyes with which we behold the sun;
for the health and strength to walk abroad;
for the bread we eat;
for the clothing we wear;
for public and religious liberty;
for friends and family associations; and
for countless other comforts and blessings.
Let us praise Him, in fact, for everything which we receive from His bounteous hand; for we deserve little, and yet are most plenteously endowed.
But beloved, the sweetest and the loudest note in our songs of praise should be of redeeming love! God’s redeeming acts towards His chosen people, are forever the favorite themes of their praise. If we know what redemption means, let us not withhold our sonnets of thanksgiving.
We have been redeemed from the power of our corruptions, and uplifted from the depth of sin in which we were naturally plunged.
We have been led to the cross of Christ, and our shackles of guilt have been broken off.
We are no longer slaves of sin–but children of the living God.
We shall shortly be presented before the eternal throne without spot or wrinkle or any such thing.
Shall we not unceasingly give thanks to the Lord our Redeemer?
Child of God, can you be silent?
Awake, awake, O inheritors of eternal glory, and cry out with David, “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me–bless His holy name!”
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