Do you give thanks to God regularly? Do you sing praises from the heart? Do you hum those songs of thanks, giving thanks to God for your blessings? Do you thank God for each blessing? Have you taken time to count them? Is the list overwhelming?
God desires each of us give thanks for the blessings he bestows on us. He desires us to count them and realize he has blessed us far more than we typically recognize. God knows we will not identify every blessing. We take far too much for granted.
God also wants us to sing praises to him. He loves to hear us sing—the louder the better. He wants our singing to come from the heart. He longs to have our hearts reach out to him in music and praise. God loves seeing our hearts opened wide to him.
As we celebrate our thanksgiving holiday, which was originally celebrated as a feast of thanksgiving for a bountiful crop, let’s give thanks for bountiful blessings. Long ago, the bountiful crop gave the early settlers the comfort of knowing they could survive the winter. Our bountiful blessings provide us much more than survival. Those of us reading this message likely are not worried about having enough food for the winter. We have been blessed so richly that our worry is whether we are dressed in the latest style rather than whether we will eat in January or not.
Perhaps it is time we take time to count the multitude of blessings God has blessed us with. Once we realize how blessed we are, maybe we will complain a little less and be a little more joyful. Maybe we will be a little less selfish and share a little more. Maybe we will be a little less possessive and a little more giving. And maybe, just maybe, we will please God a little more.
I pray we all take time to be thank God. I pray we take time to count our blessings from God. I pray each one of us experience more joy, share more, give more, and be more thankful. Count your blessings. Share your blessings with others. Give thanks to God. Sing praises to God.
Ephesians 5:19b-20 Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.