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Thanksgiving by @blessingshares

‘I will declare thy name unto my brethren: in the midst of the congregation will I praise thee. ‘Psalm 22:22 (KJV)

Renowned leadership Coach John C. Maxwell once said, ‘Think to be thankful. The word thanksgiving comes from think.’ The question today is, what are you thinking of? The seemingly bad situations or the good ones? Regrets or accomplishments? The rough places of your past or the bright expectations in your future?

There is an art to giving thanks and praise unto the Lord and we should always remember whilst reading that the Psalmist went through a divine thought process to compose the Psalms that still blesses lives to this day.

David experienced the benefits that our God Almighty has given us as kings upon this earth (Psalm 21:4), he kept his thoughts on God’s faithfulness in the victory department (Psalm 21:7-12) and then he stopped to give thanks.
‘Be thou exalted, Lord, in thine own strength: so will we sing and praise thy power.’ Psalm 21:13

Thanksgiving, I believe, is especially more potent during the ‘storm’. Hebrews 13:15 explains perfectly this ‘sacrifice of praise’. David understood this, yes he acknowledges the down times (Psalm 22:1-2), but we see how he believed more strongly that when praises go up, the blessings must come down (Psalm 22:3). He was boldly confident that God did not bring him/us this far to leave him/us hanging at any point (Psalm 22:24-25). Hallelujah!

Through his divine process David learnt a secret that we all must receive and apply in our lives and ‘give thanks to God always’.

‘My praise shall be of thee in the great congregation: I will pay my vows before them that fear him.’ Psalm 22:25. When God works victories for you, testimonies for you, and miracles for you and so much more, give thanks!

Don’t keep it to yourself, give it up in thanksgiving and make room for more blessings!

Think on these words and thank more.

I thank you holy Lord for your faithfulness and grace throughout the years. I pray that you continually give me the wisdom to think on your goodness and give thanks always. Put me in remembrance of these things, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Today’s devotional was written by Blessing Okoro @blessingshares.