Thank God, Lest You Forget

It is my conviction that a grateful heart does more for you than for the person you thank. In Deuteronomy 8:11-18, God encourage Israel to take care lest they forget all God had done for them, lest they say their power and might have gotten them their wealth. The Psalmist would later say in Psalms 103:2, "Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits." Why? Because it's easy to forget when someone has helped us advance, and easy to credit ourselves for things that only God deserves the credit.

Let's face it, what Job said is true, we came into this world naked, and we will return naked (Job 1:21). You could have been born in an impoverished country with little to no opportunities. You could have been born with much lack, but God was gracious to you. No matter how little (we think) we have, we've been blessed. Thanking God consistently, and falling down in worship continually helps us acknowledge and remember who our source of strength really is.

My encouragement for this week is that you take some time to be alone with God and thank him for his mercy upon your life. Like the one leper that thanked God in Luke 17, be the one, even if you're the only one that comes back with praise. Cry out to God in Praise and adoration, fall at his feet, and thank him for his compassion and love displayed toward you.