2020 has been a difficult year for most of us. However, as we celebrate Thanksgiving, let’s take time to count all the blessings we have received this year and be thankful to the Lord for them.
“It is good to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praises to Your name, O Most High; to declare Your steadfast love in the morning, and Your faithfulness by night…For You, O Lord, have made me glad by Your work; at the works of Your hands I sing for joy.” (Psalm 92:1,2,4)
“Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth! Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into His presence with singing! Know that the Lord, He is God! It is He who made us and we are His; we are His people and the sheep of His pasture. Enter His gates with thanksgiving, and His courts with praise! Give thanks to Him; bless His name! For the Lord is good; His steadfast love endures forever, and His faithfulness to all generations.” (Psalm 100)
“Great is our Lord, and abundant in power; His understanding is beyond measure. The Lord lifts up the humble; he casts the wicked to the ground. Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving; make melody to our God on the lyre!” (Psalm 147:8-10)
“The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But give thanks to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (I Corinthians 15:56,57)
“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” (I Thessalonians 5:18)
I love the words of the hymn Johnson Oatman, Jr. wrote. Take time to read them (sing them if you remember the tune) and do what the hymn says!
When upon life’s billows you are tempest tossed, when you are discouraged, thinking all is lost, Count your many blessings, name them one by one, and it will surprise you what the Lord has done.
Are you ever burdened with a load of care? Does the cross seem heavy you are called to bear? Count your many blessings, every doubt will fly, and you will be singing as the days go by.
So, amid the conflict, whether great or small, do not be discouraged, God is over all; Count your many blessings, angels will attend, help and comfort give you to your journeys’ end.
Count your blessing, name them one by one; Count your blessings, see what God hath done; Count your blessings, name them one by one; Count your many blessings, see what God hath done.
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