Daily Verse – Psalm 105:1

Hallelujah! Thank God ! Pray to him by name!

Psalm 105:1 MSG

Depending on which translation you are reading from the phrase here ‘thank God’ could be written as ‘Praise God’.

The Greek phrase hō·w·ḏū allows for both thank and praise.

‘Thank God’ seems easier to do in your everyday life – ‘Praise God’ conjures images of spontaneaously bursting into your favourite worship song, which could be embarrassing in the middle of your favourite coffee shop.

The root of the Greek yadah is ‘yad’ which literally means to hold out your hand or throw something.

When we give thanks to God we are to hold out those thanks or literally throw them out.

Giving our thanks to God isn’t meant to be an intensly private internal thing to do.

The mindset is to be outward, towards God.

How many of us sit down with a coffee or cup of tea and exclaim, ‘I needed that!’?

Instead, trying saying ‘thank you God, I really needed that’.

If you are in your coffee shop, when you say it, people may join you in a spontaneous worship song, or just move their chairs a little further away from you.

The important thing is that your focus is upon God and giving Him thanks becomes the habit rather than moments saved up for your church service on a Sunday.

If you are a list person, or goal orientated, choose a random day and log how many times you thank God. Then, pick another day and try and beat that total.

You obviously can thank God for other things than coffee – I just know on any given day that will get my tally going strong!

Daily Verse – Isaiah 25:1

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You – God – have done wonderful things!

The message is short and simple today.

Wonderful or wonders depending on your translation – pe·le – only three occurrences in the O.T.

A wonderful or marvellous thing.

‘You (God) have’!

God has done wonderful or marvellous things in your life.

No matter what your current circumstances.

Look back – or around – at your life, and see what God is doing or has done.

Once you recognise even the smallest things He has done, you will want to praise Him.

Praise – ō·w·ḏeh – praise, thanks, even confession.

Wonderful things! Praise!

Both are active.

Look for the wonderful things. Praise Him.

A simple two-step programme!