Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Giving Thanks

Be filled with the Spirit, as you sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, singing and making melody to the Lord in your hearts, giving thanks to God the Father at all times and for everything in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
—Ephesians 5:18b-20
How good it is to thank the Lord,
and praise to thee, Most High, accord,
to show thy love with morning light,
and tell thy faithfulness each night.
Yea, good it is thy praise to sing,
and all our sweetest music bring.
—Psalm 92:1-3
Suggested tune (Gladden):
Out of them shall come thanksgiving, and the sound of merrymakers. I will make them many, and they shall not be few; I will make them honored, and they shall not be disdained.
—Jeremiah 30:19
As God's hand is ever open to bless, so should our mouths be ever open to praise. We have poor temporary affections towards God, and are very rare and infrequent in these duties; though we are daily receiving more and more benefits, yet we are slow and backward to this work. Every hour, every minute, every moment, God is obliging us to it anew; therefore we should say, 'I will praise him more and more.'
—Thomas Manton
O Most High, at all times and in all seasons you are worthy of our grateful praise. Grant us the insight to perceive the greatness of your works, the certainty of being founded on your our eternal Rock, and the wisdom to sing the praises of your Name, in and through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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