The Special of the Day… From the Orange Moon Cafe…
"An Eternal Voyage"
"We seek to walk with what has been called "the attitude of gratitude" as a subterranean stream within our hearts that often bubbles to the surface in open expressions of thanksgiving."
The more we thank God for the gifts He gives, the more we realize how worthy He is of far more gratitude than we can ever feel or express. The Psalmist well knew this, and set out on an eternal voyage of giving thanks.
"O Lord my God, I will give thanks unto Thee forever!" (Psalm 30:12).
"Forever" begins in the moment one receives eternal life by receiving God's grace through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Believers presently "have eternal life," defined by the Lord Jesus as knowing Him and knowing the Father (I John 5:13; John 17:3). We sail upon the sea of God's perpetual bestowal of presence, provision, and protection, and the fulfillment of His loving purpose in our hearts and lives. Every moment could be characterized by conscious expressions of thanksgiving to our Father, if opportunity allowed. We do not presently possess the capacity for such expressed gratitude as our minds must be used for many other responsibilities and necessities. Thus, we seek to walk with what has been called "the attitude of gratitude" as a subterranean stream within our hearts that often bubbles to the surface in open expressions of thanksgiving.
"Being enriched in every thing to all bountifulness, which causeth through us thanksgiving to God" (II Corinthians 9:11).
The better we know our Lord and the longer we walk with Him, the more we realize His worthiness for our thanksgiving. The more we also realize our deficit of expressed gratitude. Of course, we can never thank Him enough. Doubtless, however, we all know we could have done so far more than we have. I find this one of my primary spiritual sensibilities after nearly five decades as a believer. How much more often my Heavenly Father should have looked upon "Thank You" within my heart, and heard it by my voice. How much more I hope He will see and hear gratitude in this day, and in all to come. Perhaps you join me in this realization and desire. If so, let us together determine to journey with the Psalmist in his determination of forever giving thanks. This moment of eternity offers the opportunity, and let us rejoice in the voyage of God's goodness and our gratitude for it that will never end…
"Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and He shall hear my voice."
Weekly Memory Verse
The Lord thy God, He it is that shall go with thee.