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Songs of Thanksgiving
8/3 Reading Portions: Judges 17; Acts 21; Jeremiah 30-31; Mark 16
“Out of them shall come songs of thanksgiving, and the voices of those who celebrate. I will multiply them, and they shall not be few; I will make them honored, and they shall not be small.” Jeremiah 30:19
As a Man, thanksgiving flowed from the heart of Jesus Christ in sinless perfection. He gave thanks effortlessly, yet purposefully, to His heavenly Father in all things. Whether it was to bless and break bread for multitudes or to give thanks at the tomb of a beloved friend, there has never been another human being more thankful than the Lord Jesus Christ.
Moreover, there was an eternal harmony in the voice of the Lord Jesus Christ when He sang praises and songs of thanksgiving to the Father. I couldn’t even imagine what the disciples must have experienced to sing the Psalms of Ascent with the Lord Jesus as they traveled from Capernaum to Jerusalem for one of the feasts; or what it must have been like to sing psalms with Christ every Passover.
We have been redeemed by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ (Eph 2:8-9). God has restored the fortunes of our sinful tents (Jer 30:18), so we have much for which to be thankful. We should be infinitely grateful. Yet quite often we’re not. There are times when we forget the compassion and tender mercies of God. There are times when we forsake His everlasting love (Jer 31:3), thus thanksgiving never comes to mind. There are times when we fail to give thanks, even though we know we should. There are also times when we sing songs of thanksgiving and there’s absolutely no heart in it— mere lip service. Although our flesh is often ungrateful, the Father still imputes Christ’s holy and righteous thanksgiving to our account! Hallelujah! What a Savior! This gives us even more reason to be thankful in song. Before you close this devotional, let a song of thanksgiving rise in your heart and flow from your lips.
The gratitude express’d by Christ
From His heart to reach the heights
Of the Father’s abode.
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