Why so downcast, oh my soul? The Lord woke you up this morning. He kept you safe through the night. His sun shines on you. His favor covers you like your favorite blanket.
It’s time to rise and shine. What happened yesterday has past. Today is a new day, full of new blessings and new mercies. Arise and be of good cheer. There is much work to be done by the Lord’s people.
Open your eyes, the world is hurting. Open your ears, the earth cries out. Open your heart and accept God’s assignment. He has given you strength, peace and joy. There is no need to be downcast, oh my soul. For your Heavenly Father is with you today and forever. He has promised to take care of you and to protect you. Your Heavenly Father is El-Shaddai-God Almighty. He is the Creator of the Earth. There is no one and no thing greater than Him. He parts seas. He heals the sick and raises the dead. He sent His Son, whose blood cleanses you of all sin. He has conquered death surely, He can handle your problems.
Praise the Lord, oh my soul, for He is good and His love endures forever. He is generous, not only with His mercy, but with all that is His to give. You are His child. Arise!
“Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.” Psalm 42:5 NIV
“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good.” 1 Chronicles 16:34 NIV
This may have been a rough year for some, it definitely has been for me. There have been disappointments and heartaches but this week we celebrate Thanksgiving Day. It is a holiday that is specifically dedicated to remembering and acknowledging our blessings.
Although, many things may have gone wrong this year, we have still been under the blessing of God. The fact that we are still alive is a blessing. Most of us will gather around a table full of food with family, which is also a blessing. There is a least one thing that we can all think of that we are thankful for. Now is the time to thank God for them.
I know that lately, our society has gone from Halloween to Christmas but let us not forget about Thanksgiving Day. It is when we keep a thankful heart that we leave ourselves open to receiving more blessings. God is good even when things are bad. Let’s give Him praise and honor, not only on Thanksgiving Day but everyday.
Have a blessed Thanksgiving Day, everyone!
“I will give thanks to you Lord, with all my heart, I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.” Psalm 9:1 NIV
“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like the shifting shadows. He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of first fruits of all he created.” James 1:17-18 NIV
All the glory goes to you, Lord. You are worthy to be praised. You’re worthy for who you are, which is holy and righteous. You are almighty, yet still full of mercy and grace. In my darkest hour, you are with me. You are patient, kind and gentle.
I praise you for your blessings. I praise you for your love. I praise you for your instruction and wisdom. I praise you for your healing. I praise you for your comfort when my heart is broken. I praise you for your encouragement.
Thank you, Lord, for your protection. Thank you for taking care of my family. Thank you for listening to me every single time I come to you. Thank you for doing everything that you have promised.
Sometimes, I get caught up in the chaos of this world and I don’t take the time to thank you like I should, to praise you like you deserve. I forget that my success, my blessings and my gifts are not of my own doing. I’m here because of you. I triumph because of you. I’m a blessing to others because of you. All the glory goes to you, Lord.
“Let the name of the Lord be praised, both now and forevermore. From the rising of the sun to the place it sets, the name of the Lord is to be praised.” Psalms 113: 2-3 NIV