Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!
2 Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom he has redeemed from trouble
3 and gathered in from the lands, from the east and from the west, from the north and from the south.
8 Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love, for his wondrous works to the children of men!
A few weeks ago I spoke on the passage in Luke where Jesus healed ten lepers and only one came back to say thanks. In yet another creative fashion to teach his onlooking disciples he asked about the other nine. I’m pretty sure He wanted us to know that He noticed. The text doesn’t tell us much more about the other nine, so no need to speculate.
One of the principles I gained from that account was that Jesus notices our praise. Psalm 103 and 107 give us great examples of ‘blessing the Lord’ for Who He is and all that He has done.
In that light, I challenged our church to come back and give God praise for all He is doing and for Who He is! How often do we pray and ask for something, only to forget to come back and acknowledge that the answer in fact came from God? Or how many things could you think of in the next 30 seconds that you are very grateful for, but haven’t mentioned it in a long time.
On April 8th we’ll celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus like we do each and every week. With it being such a significant day in the life of our church, I asked our church to intentionally come back and give God thanks each and everyday up through Resurrection Sunday. Or, Thanks To (until) Resurrection Sunday, thus #T2RS
So, go ahead. Start now. Use facebook, twitter, your email, IM, or write it on a note, in a letter, but tell someone about what God is doing and for what you are giving Him thanks.
Feel free to use the comment section here.
For me: #T2RS I’m thankful to God for the people that helped lay the foundation of what is today Grace Community Church. It was such a joy to meet up with some dear friends this past Sunday who faithfully served and loved in the early days of Grace. Our hearts were full.