Friday, November 13, 2009

Praise is Due to God

Praise is due to you, O God, in Zion; and to you shall vows be performed, to you all flesh shall come. When deeds of iniquity overwhelm us, you forgive our transgressions. Happy are those whom you choose and bring near to live in your courts. We shall be satisfied with the goodness of your house, your holy temple. Psalm 65: 1-4 NRSV

You do not have to have much to be thankful.

In fact, it is the most basic of God's gifts - forgiveness - that is the most precious gift of all.

Being forgiven means that God can choose to dwell near us. Satisfaction then comes from being chosen to live in God's presence. God is not limited to the temple presence or even the church altar. God can be with us wherever we are living.

In addition, the psalmist tells us that these things will make us happy. Not just content, but happy.

Living in God's presence.

Three simple things for which to give God thanks.

God, thank you for forgiving me, for choosing to be with me and for giving me your joy. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Name one thing you are thankful for in this moment.

Copyright 2009 Amelia G. Sims

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