Reasons for Praise

Praise ye the Lord. Oh, give thanks unto the Lord, for he is good. ~ Psalm 106:1

Years ago a believer with an unusual spirit of gratitude regularly attended the services of a mission in Chicago. Being a black man, he was often the victim of discrimination by the world; yet he radiated Christian joy. One day entering the mission with a bandage on his thumb, he explained that he had smashed it with a hammer. Then he added, “But praise the Lord. I have my thumb yet!”

On another occasion he purchased a steak with his meager earnings and was on his way home with it when a shoelace became untied. As he laid the package on the sidewalk to tie his shoe, a large dog suddenly grabbed the choice piece of meat and made off with it. Later, as this humble believer recounted his exasperating experience, he said with characteristic cheerfulness, “Praise the Lord. I still have my appetite left!” He always found reasons to be grateful.

People who themselves have never discovered the inner joy this dear Christian brother possessed may find it hard to believe these accounts; nevertheless, they are true. No matter how skeptical they may be however, all Christians must agree that the inspired writer of Psalm 92 was right when he declared, “It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord.”

The unsaved man does not understand God, and is often unaware of reasons for thanksgiving. But the devout believer, assured of His goodness, ever rejoices in the knowledge that righteousness will triumph, and those who love the Lord will be vindicated.

On this special day, we should find many reasons to say with the Psalmist, “Oh, give thanks unto the Lord, for he is good; for his mercy endureth forever.”

Ten thousand thousand precious gifts
My daily thanks employ;
Nor is the least a cheerful heart
To taste those gifts with joy. —Watts

Hem your blessings with praise lest they unravel!