Give Thanks

April 16, 2005
by Melva Cooper

Psalm 138:1 – I give you thanks, O Lord, with all my heart. (NLT)

My husband took our ten-year-old granddaughter, Mary Kathryn, fishing one morning. It was a beautiful summer day. The temperature was in the upper 70s and the humidity was way down — quite a contrast to recent days.

The lake at the end of our cove was glistening from the bright sun shining on the water. Mary Kathryn could hardly wait to drop her fish bait into the water. She was remembering a few weeks previously when they had returned with seven fish. But today was to be different. After about an hour they decided the fish were not hungry at that time, and they came home empty-handed.

Nevertheless, Mary Kathryn expressed her gratefulness. "Thank you, Granddad," she said to him more than once. Just a little while later, he took her to meet her mom. Mary Kathryn leaned over, kissed her granddad on the cheek, and told him "Thank you" one more time. My husband was so pleased.

I thought about how thanksgiving is woven through the Psalms. Praise should be an integral part of our communication with our heavenly Father. He is so pleased when we praise and thank Him for our material and spiritual blessings. We must always remember to thank Him for answered prayer. God's provision should never be taken for granted.

Granddad was happy when Mary Kathryn showed her love to him through thanksgiving. God, too, loves to hear us say, "We give You thanks, O Lord, with all our hearts."

Prayer: Lord, we praise You and thank You for loving us unconditionally. We give You thanks for always meeting our needs in Your perfect timing and way. Amen.

About the author:

Melva Cooper
Jonesboro, Arkansas, USA

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