When we get up in the morning, we often have a variety of habitual things we do as we begin our day. And the same is true of the way we often close down at the end of our day, as we begin our evening, doing a variety of habitual things.
Two beautiful and powerful habitual things that would be good for us to do would be to take time to give thanks to our God at the beginning of each day and, again, as evening falls at the close of our day.
Our Lord gave us a great example of this in the habitual things that His priests were instructed to do. As priests who served the Lord in the temple, the Levites had many duties – including to be the regular and habitual voices of thanksgiving to our God.
They were also to stand every morning to thank and praise the LORD. They were to do the same in the evening. – 1 Chronicles 23:30
God’s priests were instructed to stand and to offer thanksgiving and praise to the Lord every single morning and every single evening. This habitual thing called them to lift their voices – and their hearts, their minds, their souls and even their bodies (since they were to stand) – and pour out thanksgiving to the Lord. And I have to believe that all of those around them who sincerely listened to these voices of thanksgiving and praise to the Lord, were themselves lifted in heart, mind, soul and body.
There is power and freedom when we offer thanksgiving to our God! We are filled with the powerful truth of our God’s holiness and sovereignty, His love and goodness, His eternal hope and transcending peace. We are set free by God’s eternal perspective that who we are and all we go through will one day be fully redeemed and renewed. We are filled with freedom as we give thanks for God’s eternal truth that…
Our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. – 2 Corinthians 4:17
Our mornings and evenings will bring many things to us over the course of our lifetimes. No matter what they are, may we choose the habitual thing of bringing our thanksgiving to our Almighty God every morning and evening!
May we each let each day be Thanksgiving because this is the day our Lord has given us!
This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. – Psalm 118:24
It’s Thanksgiving somewhere! Happy Thanksgiving, everybody!