"I rise at midnight to thank You for Your just regulations." Psalm 119:62
Have you ever woken in the middle of the night with a praise song running through your head? I have many times. I love how even in my sleep God's Spirit works in me prompting me to offer praise to my God!
Psalm 119 is the longest chapter in the Bible and David covers a lot of topics in this long Psalm. But the recurring theme is thanking God. (I did a whole series on Psalm 119 this past summer, you can read them under the Thursday Training heading)
We learn two things about thanksgiving from Psalm 119:62.
1) Thanksgiving should know no time restraints.
David says he rises at midnight to thank God. Paul tells us:
"Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ." Ephesians 5:18-20
Our thanksgiving is to be continual, it isn't reserved for one day in late November. Nor is it dependent on things going our way. We are to thank God in good times and in bad. We are to thank God day and night.
2) Thanksgiving should focus on God.
David thanked God for His just regulations. In other Psalms we see the people thanking God for His goodness, enduring love, and faithfulness.
"Praise the Lord. Give thanks to the Lord for He is good; His love endures forever." Psalm 106:1
Paul was continually thanking God for the recipients of his letters. He also thanked God for His grace, His indescribable gift, and the victory He gives in Christ. The focus of his thanksgiving was God.
"But thanks be to God! He gives us victory through our Lord Jesus Christ." 1 Corinthians 15:57
Gathered manna for Psalm 119:62 is:
Thanksgiving should be continual and focused on God.
How often do you thank God? For what do you thank Him? How can you focus your thanksgiving on God Himself rather than on a blessing He has given?
Praying we all learn to give continual, focused thanksgiving to our God.
Until next time keep gathering manna, growing deeper, and gaining intimacy!
May God bless and keep you,