Friday, June 24, 2022

Daily Devotion: Double T - Thankfulness

Bible Reading:  Psalm 136 

Key Verse: Verse 1 - “O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.”
Key Words: O give thanks unto the LORD

Notice, if you would, the following verses.

            Verse 1 – O give thanks unto the Lord.

            Verse 2 – O give thanks unto the God of gods.

            Verse 3 – O give thanks to the Lord of lords.

                        Verse 26 – O give thanks unto the God of heaven.

You get the idea that the psalmist wanted the people to give thanks to God.

We do have a lot to be thankful for, do we not?

Mark Tidd of Webster, New York, describes an experience from his college days.  “An old man showed up at the back door of the house we were renting.  Opening the door a few cautious inches, we saw his eyes were glassy and his furrowed face glistened with silver stubble.  He clutched a wicker basket holding a few unappealing vegetables.  He bid us a good morning and offered his produce for sale.  We were uneasy enough that we made a quick purchase to alleviate both our pity and our fear.

 “To our chagrin, he returned the next week, introducing himself as Mr. Roth, the man who lived in the shack down the road.  As our fears subsided, we got close enough to realize it wasn’t alcohol but cataracts that marbleized his eyes.  On subsequent visits, he would shuffle in, wearing two mismatched right shoes, and pull out a harmonica.  With glazed eyes set on future glory, he’d puff out old gospel tunes between conversations about vegetables and religion.

“On one visit, he exclaimed, ‘The Lord is so good!  I came out of my shack this morning and found a bag full of shoes and clothing on my porch.’

‘That’s wonderful, Mr. Roth!’ we said.  ‘We are so happy for you.’

‘You know what’s even more wonderful?’ he asked.  ‘Just yesterday I met some people who could use them.’”

What to do:
✞ Today, and everyday, give thanks to God.

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