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Count Your Blessings, Name Them One By One…

July 23, 2010

Count Your Blessings,  Name Them One By One…

So much of the time,  if we’re facing more problems  than we care to think about,  our tendency is to complain — we simply forget  to count our blessings.

1 Thessalonians 5:18  tells us,

In everything  give thanks,  for this is God’s will  for you  in Christ Jesus.

It might not seem natural to give thanks in absolutely “everything”.      Some things are painful,  hard to face,  and devastating.     In spite of all our trials,  the truth is that God is right beside us,  helping us to grow in  faith,  hope,  and love.     God has promised to never, ever  leave us and we need to remember that at all times.

In remembering to count our blessings,  we are not to stop at food,  clothing,  house,  family, the things in nature —  the things people are accustomed to giving thanks for.     We have every reason to be thankful for:

Forgiveness in Jesus Christ    
Eternal salvation through faith in Jesus’ merits      
Mercy from God to carry us through our trials    
God seeing His children as pure and righteous    
God’s most faithful love for us, even though we sin    
God’s grace and strength to support us    
The knowledge that God keeps His promises    
All the proofs of God’s power as seen in His fulfilled prophecies    
God’s ability to give our hearts assurance in troublesome times     
God is almighty — and yet loves us    
The Lord is everlasting — our troubles are not   

This list is non-ending, really.     Sometimes a song helps us to be encouraged to honestly consider God’s blessings.     In 1897,  Johnson Oatman, Jr. wrote  “Count Your Blessings”  to help us remember just some of the truths about life in this world.     Here are the lyrics,

1.     When upon life’s billows you are tempest-tossed,    
When you are discouraged,  thinking all is lost,    
Count your many blessings,  name them one by one,    
And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.

Refrain:    
Count your blessings,  name them one by one,    
Count your blessings, see what God hath done!    
Count your blessings, name them one by one,    
Count your many blessings,  see what God hath done.

2.     Are you ever burdened with a load of care?    
Does the cross seem heavy you are called to bear?    
Count your many blessings,  every doubt will fly,    
And you will keep singing as the days go by.

3.     When you look at others with their lands and gold,    
Think that Christ has promised you His wealth untold,    
Count your many blessings  —  wealth can never buy    
Your reward in heaven,  nor your home on high.

4.     So, amid the conflict whether great or small,    
Do not be discouraged, God is over all,    
Count your many blessings,  angels will attend,    
Help and comfort give you to your journey’s end.

Every time we’re tempted to complain or feel bitter,  let us turn to our Lord  and start rightfully thanking Him,  saying,  “Hallelujah!     My Lord, so much of what you give us cannot be seen with our eyes,  but is eternal in the heavens  and concerns our soul’s salvation.     Thank you for tending to all the really big things regarding true life — and also for providing for all our little things.”

Love,  
Margaret

A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and King of kings…

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