Recently our church had its annual Thanksgiving supper with a mini service beforehand. Jerald led the youth in giving a small program of singing a few songs in the service. I had babysitters, so was able to participate this time. One of the songs, My God How Endless Is Thy Love, has taken on a special meaning for me. The text was written by Isaac Watts and was set to music by James S Martin. The music to it is simple and beautiful!! (you can listen to it on Tract 1 of Tapestry Singers Arise album)
My God How Endless Is Thy Love
My God how endless is Thy love;
Thy gifts are every evening new;
And morning mercies from above
Gently distill like early dew.
Thou spread’st the curtains of the night,
Great Guardian of my sleeping hours;
Thy sovereign word restores the light,
And quickens all my drowsy powers.
I yield my powers to Thy command,
To Thee I consecrate my days;
Perpetual Blessings from Thy hand
Demand perpetual songs of praise.
Perpetual blessings demand perpetual songs of praise! Constantly, God is granting good things! He bestows His mercies on us daily! Am I as perpetual in giving Him songs of praise as He is in bestowing blessings?! I confess I am not. But it’s certainly my desire to do so! Hopefully you are better than I am! But we all know it’s our natural inclination to be negative. It takes no effort. To be positive and grateful requires effort!
I think even just having a quiet, thankful heart of praise, whispering our thanks throughout the day, can still be praising God. Even though we may not always literally be singing. Although that is a wonderful habit!
If we’ll only look and take notice of God’s abundant gifts, we’ll see them all over! I know the world is in perpetual turmoil and if that’s where our focus is, we’re sure ‘nuf gonna miss them blessings!! It’s all in where our eyes are turned. Turn your eyes upon Jesus…. and the things of earth will grow strangely dim. Will you, with me, make a conscious effort to take notice and not only Thank God, but Praise God for His endless love and His endless mercies bestowed upon His children?! Certainly thanking Him is the first step but choosing to Praise Him, when we think we have plenty to complain about can be our sacrifice of Praise. Hebrews 13: 15 (Amplified) reads like this; Through Him therefore let us constantly and at all times offer up to God a sacrifice of praise, which is the fruit of our lips that thankfully acknowledge and confess and glorify His name.
What do you have to Praise God for today? Can you round up enough songs of praise to equal His blessings?
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