Stories, thoughts and reflections on the Bible from the WSFC Staff.
Philippians 4:6-7; Psalms 100 through 118 (Songs of thanks and praise!)
A thankful, believing heart opens the way to many blessings. In my brief experience, forty-four years of seeking, believing and growing in Jesus, I have learned that it is always better to choose an expression of thankfulness and praise in every situation. I don’t always do it, but I’m going to keep learning.
Philippians 4:6-7 so clearly directs us. “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” We’ll come back to this verse in just a moment.
Do you have difficulty at times knowing how to express your thanks to the Lord? Here’s what I encourage you to do: Treat yourself to a prayerful tour through some of the praise psalms, Psalms 100 – 118. In these chapters you will discover David’s language of thankfulness. In order to gain insight into what you can say in thankfulness to God, read the words of a man who was given so much for which to be thankful. Like you and I, David needed every bit of God’s mercy and forgiveness. Read about him in First and Second Samuel in the Old Testament. David faced huge challenges, and some dark personal sins. But in response to God’s goodness and grace, David humbly turned his heart and mind to two things: 1. Prayers of confession. 2. Songs of thankfulness.
If you look around at today’s culture you just might start to feel pretty anxious. We feel anxious when we encounter problems, but we don’t know what to do. Do you know what to do about anxiety? Start with scripture. Philippians 4:6 – 7 guides you from anxiety and worry, into prayer in Jesus’ name and a heaping helping of thankfulness and praise. Then comes God’s promise to lead you out of your worry and into His peace. Read the verses again and let His promise sink into your thoughts. If you will choose prayer and thankfulness in the thick part of your problems, God will open the way for you to experience His peace.
A thankful, believing heart opens the way to many blessings; God’s peace in your life is just one of them. His peace shall come upon you, after you choose to be thankful.
Blessings to you in His grace,
Pastor Rich Marshall