1 O give thanks unto the Lord, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever. 2 Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy; 3 And gathered them out of the lands, from the east, and from the west, from the north, and from the south. 4 They wandered in the wilderness in a solitary way; they found no city to dwell in. 5 Hungry and thirsty, their soul fainted in them. 6 Then they cried unto the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them out of their distresses. 7 And he led them forth by the right way, that they might go to a city of habitation. 8 Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men! 9 For he satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness.
The best New Year’s resolution a believer could make is to be more thankful for the blessings God has bestowed upon him (Psalm 107:1). [Note to Reader: I’ve added the new widget that allows you to see the Scripture verse by positioning your curser over the Bible reference and a small pop-up will appear with the verse.] The natural display of emotion after receiving a blessing is to tell others, hence Psalm 107:2. The child of God who does not see these blessings or stays silent after being blessed is self centered and ungrateful child. This may come across as harsh to some who read this but let’s stop and discuss why I am saying this.
Psalm 10:4 says that the prideful man does not have God in his thoughts. In fact, the verse regards this person as wicked. Surely the child of the King does not want to be in the same category as the wicked and ungodly. If the Christian does not have God in his thoughts, he loses focus. He does not see that the very bread on his table is there because the Lord has blessed him! (Psalm 37:25) He does not see that the bills are being paid because the Lord has provided a job and finances to pay for those bills. The ungrateful believer is absorbed in himself. He has succumbed to the sin of pride and taken his eyes of the Lord Jesus Christ. (1 John 2:16) The cares of this world and all that it offers has consumed him and he has forgotten the Lord.
Don’t you know that God will get your attention one way or another if you are His child? (Proverbs 3:12) It is a fearful thing to ignore God! Would your earthly parents have “taken it” if you had ignored their instructions? Absolutely not! You would have been punished for sure. Why would you think it different in your relationship with your Heavenly Father?
It is a miserable believer indeed who does not recognize the blessings that flow from the Throne of Grace! Dear friend, if you are reading this and think me foolish, I beg you to try this resolution! Dig down deep if you have to but find one thing to be thankful for each morning! Start with your salvation! Meditate on what was done to our Saviour before and during the suffering of the cross! My word, no royalty has ever left his kingdom to pay a punishment for you! But our Lord and Saviour did! He left His Heavenly throne to take on the form of man so He could die for us! Such love!!
Can you do it? Will you do it is more the question that needs to be asked. I know way too many people who call themselves Christians and are absolutely miserable! Let the redeemed of the Lord say so! If your salvation is the only blessing you can be thankful for, then start saying so. It won’t be long before your heart allows the Holy Spirit to do His job!
Start your new year off by committing to God that you will make Him the center of your life. Start by recognizing the day’s blessings when you review your day at bed time. Thank Him for these blessings. Then when you wake up the next morning, make it a point to tell others. There is a person out there that needs encouraging and sharing your blessings may be just the thing that person needs!