August 7

Psalm 50:1-8, 22-23

“Those who bring thanksgiving as their sacrifice honor me; to those who go the right way I will show the salvation of God.” vs. 23

Even though scripture is clear in saying that God is displeased with the pomp and ceremony of religious rituals, we also learn that God is honored by those who take time to offer heartfelt thanksgiving. Each of us are in this universe, not of our own doing, but as a gift. During our stay on earth we get to enjoy all the benefits of life and the bounty of creation. We receive those things not because we deserve them but just for showing up…they’re participation awards, and they come to us all. Granted, there are some who take the credit for all they are and have…but they’re just the fools among us. The wise know that all things come from God, and they are glad to offer daily thanksgiving. That thanksgiving can take many forms. Sometimes it’s in the form of a prayer in the beginning or the end of each day. Or the petitions can spring forth spontaneously whenever our eyes are opened to particular scenes of beauty and awesomeness. Those who are alert to the wonders of life will produce such exaltations many times in the course of a day. Of course one of the best ways to offer thanks to God is with a word or an act of love to a friend or a stranger. However we choose to show it, whenever thanks fills our hearts, God is honored.

Thought for the Day: How often does thanks fill my heart?

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