Are You Thankful?
“Were there not ten cleansed? But where are the nine? Were there not any found who returned to give glory to God, except this foreigner?” - Luke 17:17-18
Jesus is surprised when a man who had been suffering with the dreaded disease of leprosy came and prostrated himself before Him expressing his thankfulness.
He had been part of a group of ten who suffered from an awful disease, who had been sent to the priest to be declared healed and allowed to return to living normally in society.
Only one out of the ten returned to Jesus to give Him thanks for his miraculous recovery and he was a Samaritan. The Bible declares that he glorified God “with a loud voice.”
When giving God praise, we are so often timid, reserved and quiet, feeling that this is being reverent. In Psalm 33:1, God says, “Rejoice in the Lord O you righteous. For praise from the upright is beautiful.” Further, in Psalm 145:23 says, “Every day I will bless You and I will praise Your name forever and ever. Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised; and His greatness is unsearchable.” God requires everything that has breath to praise Him.
There is much that you can praise God for today. Give Him thanks for all His many benefits. Think for a moment of all that He has done for you and all that He means to you.
King Hezekiah, when sick and about to die said, “Death cannot praise you. Those who go down to the pit cannot hope for your truth. The living shall praise you as I do this day”. Because he took time to give God thanks his life was extended for a further 15 years. Let us take time today to give Him praise - this is the day the Lord has made - I will be glad and rejoice in it.
Dear heavenly Father, thank You for Your word today, for all You mean to me and everything that flows from Your great heart of love. I rejoice in your goodness and the gift of salvation.