Women’s Devotion | November 2019

Giving Thanks

 

Psalm 107:1   “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good and his love endures forever.”

 

Andraé Crouch so beautifully penned the song entitled My Tribute. The song begins, “How can I say thanks for the things You have done for me? Things so undeserved yet you give to prove your love for me. The voices of a million angels cannot express my gratitude….”

 

The month of November has one day dedicated to giving thanks. This day is a national holiday which encourages people to recognize their blessings and express appreciation for what God has

graciously and bountifully bestowed upon His creation. This day is meant to be a focused and intentional recognition of the many blessings and gifts received during the year.

 

The book of Psalms is filled with proclamations of thanksgiving and declarations of gratitude for the abundant and undeserved blessings bestowed by the Father of all good things.

 

One of the first phrases we teach our children is to say ‘thank you’ when they receive a gift. In those two simple words we are attempting to teach thankfulness and gratitude.

 

Can a song thank Him enough? Is one day a year enough time to thank Him adequately? Can we thank Him enough through a book? Can two simple words appropriately express gratitude?

 

In this day of ungratefulness and feelings of entitlement I fear we have lost the recognition and understanding of truly being thankful. We often categorize and appraise our blessings and then measure our thankfulness accordingly. The proportion of our thankfulness is directly correlated to the value we place on our “blessing.”

 

I understand that it is humanly impossible to find adequate words or to express our deepest emotions when we recognize our many blessings. It often seems difficult to convey our gratitude to the Father for all He has done. However, the motive and objective of our heart speaks volumes even without words. The appreciation we feel is revealed in how we cherish our gift.   Our

greatest thankfulness is manifested in how we acknowledge and respond to the Giver.

 

The greatest blessing of all is the ability to have a deep and intimate relationship with our Heavenly Father through the sacrifice of His Son Jesus Christ. Yet do we live in such a way that our gratitude for this eternal gift is evident to the Giver and to those around us? Do we express more dissatisfaction in our life than appreciation for who we are in Him and what we have because of Him?

 

Life itself was breathed into man by the Creator Himself. A portion of His life and sustaining power now resides in us giving life, breath and various abilities. Even if our life seems short by earthly years, the value of our lives and our purpose for living is a great cause to live thankfully and to rejoice that the opportunity has been given to us to walk this journey in relationship with the Father.

 

After a miraculous healing in my life over 8 years ago, I felt so inadequate and unworthy of such a touch from the Lord. How could I say thanks? What words could I use that would sufficiently express my gratitude? I have yet to find words. I have yet to feel that I have sufficiently expressed my appreciation for His healing touch. However, I believe that God knows

my heart just as He knows yours. Our appreciation to Him is expressed in our love for Him, our love for our family, love for our friends, and love for the lost. Our gratitude to Him is expressed in our faithfulness to obey His Word and serve devotedly in His purpose. Our desire to be in His presence is a way of expressing our appreciation to Him for the opportunity to walk with

Him and commune with Him. We can never repay God for all His mighty acts and gifts unto us. His wonders aren’t for sale. We may always feel indebted to Him, but we can be assured that He acknowledges our heart of gratitude and thanks.

 

Even if the voices of a million angels cannot express my gratitude, what my heart can convey to the Giver for what He has done for me resonates throughout the courts of Heaven when I cry “Thank You, Father.”

 


 

 

 

Cheryl Hughes serves along with her husband, Pastor Wayne Hughes at Abundant Life Church of God in Valdosta, Georgia. They have been in pastoral ministry for over 38 years. The Hughes have been married for 42 years and have two married children and five grandchildren. Cheryl serves on the South Georgia Church of God Music Committee and enjoys music, the piano in particular, and reading.