Week 4, Day 4: What Thanksgiving Sounds Like

Music to God’s Ears


“Praise the Lord I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart, in the company of the upright, in the congregation. Great are the works of the Lord, studied by all who delight in them.”
Psalm 111:1-2

God loves to hear the simple gratitude of his children.

Our first three children were born when I was in training. Our material possessions were few. It was not uncommon for me to see the children awake once every three days due to long and late hours at work. But when I arrived home and they were awake, they would run to the door yelling, “Daddy’s home!” One would hug one leg, another the other leg, and one would jump up into my arms.

Being created in God’s image, I began to understand his joy when God sent the Spirit of his Son in our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” (Galatians 4:6) and why Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 19:14).

Alas! My children grew up, and life turned their hearts in different directions. No longer did they greet me at the door. I loved them no less, but things seemed to be taken for granted. I miss those simpler, early, tender times. I wonder, what is God teaching me now?


Application Questions

  • Consider Matthew 18:3 “And [Jesus] said, ‘Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.’” In what ways should we become like children? 
  • What does Paul mean when he implies we should give up “childish ways” in 1 Corinthians 13:11?

Prayer

Pray intentionally the hymn “O Sacred Head Now Wounded,” “…O make me thine forever; and should I fainting be, Lord, let me never, never outlive my love for thee.”


Memory Verse:

“I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth.” Psalm 34:1