Several years ago, a worker in a Chicago rescue mission old of a Christian who seemed to have a perpetual thankful spirit. Even though his life was difficult, in almost every service he stood to give God thanks. One evening he was wearing a bandage on his thumb because he had smashed it with a hammer. Yet he could say, “Praise God, I still have my thumb.”
On another occasion the man told about walking home from the grocery store after purchasing a small steak. He laid the package on the sidewalk momentarily while he tied his shoelace. Suddenly a dog made off with his dinner. With characteristic cheerfulness the man said, “Praise God, I’ve still got my appetite.” It seemed that nothing could put a damper on his grateful spirit.
In sharp contrast to that man is the spiritually “senseless” person described in Psalm 92:6, 7. He doesn’t understand that God deserves our worship, obedience, and thanks. But whether we are prosperous or poor, healthy or sick, we know that God loves us and cares for us. That’s why the true believer can give thanks always, no matter what the circumstances are.
Yes, with the psalmist we can say, “It is good to give thanks to the Lord.” – Herbert Vander Lugt
Some folks see so many thorns
They scarce can see one rose,
While others count two blossoms
For every thorn that grows. – Garrison
If you can’t be thankful for what you receive, be thankful for what you escape.
- December 3, 1990, Our Daily Bread