The everyday blessings of life are so basic that we often take them for granted. Paul S. Rees tells of a man whose job was to transport people who had been committed to a mental hospital. After delivering a patient one day, he was walking to his car when a voice called out, “Hey you!” It came from an upper floor of the hospital. Looking up, the man called back, “Are you speaking to me?” “Yes,” came the reply. “I want to ask you a question. Have you ever thanked God that you have a healthy mind?” “I suddenly realized,” said the driver, “that after bringing people to this hospital for 15 years, I had never once thanked God for a good mind.”
Psalm 100 gives three basics for which to give thanks. First, there is God’s grace: “We are His people and the sheep of His pasture” (v. 3). Although spoken to Israel, this verse can also apply to Christians. We are God’s redeemed people because Christ purchased us with His own blood. Then there are God’s gifts: “It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves” (v. 3). Every natural ability, every strength of temperament is put into us by God’s wise design. Have you ever thanked Him for who you are? Finally, there is God’s goodness (v. 5). From this source comes sunshine, rain, food, clothing, shelter, health of body and mind, and life itself.
Let’s thank God for the basics. Meditating on His grace, His gifts, and His goodness will help us see that the basics are the most precious blessings of all. – Dennis J. De Haan
We thank You, Lord, for blessings
You give us on our way;
May we for these be grateful
And praise You every day. – Roworth
We don’t need more to be thankful for; we need to be more thankful for what we have.
- November 27, 1986, Our Daily Bread