O come, let us sing for joy to the LORD, Let us shout joyfully to the rock of our salvation. Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving, Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms. For the LORD is a great God And a great King above all gods, In whose hand are the depths of the earth, The peaks of the mountains are His also. The sea is His, for it was He who made it, And His hands formed the dry land. Come, let us worship and bow down, Let us kneel before the LORD our Maker. Psalm 95:1-6 NAS
I love this time of year when the majority of people are focusing on being thankful and rejoicing in the celebration of our Lord Jesus Christ. Thanksgiving, Chanukah and Christmas can bring out the best in most people. As followers of Jesus Christ, our lives should be lived in this place. What if our prayers started here? I think we would be an unstoppable force of grace and glory!
Prayers of thanksgiving capture the heart of God. When we rejoice in Him with delight, He in turn delights over us! It is the love language of the Divine Romance. As in any romance, when there is love, adoration and true thankfulness in the relationship it blossoms and grows strong enduring all things. Our relationship with God thrives on these basic foundations causing it to endure and grow strong. Prayer breathed from this place of Divine Romance is stunning not only to us, but to our precious Bridegroom.
Psalm 84 is a beautiful poetic expression of living in the wonder of God, who He is and what He does. It describes what a journey of thanksgiving and rejoicing produces in this God life! Just declaring this Psalm can infuse our prayers with love, adoration and thankfulness to the One who provides, blesses, takes us through the hard times, causes us to move from strength to strength…God who will withhold no good thing granting to us grace and glory!
How lovely are Your dwelling places, O LORD of hosts! My soul longed and even yearned for the courts of the LORD; My heart and my flesh sing for joy to the living God. The bird also has found a house, And the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, Even Your altars, O LORD of hosts, My King and my God. How blessed are those who dwell in Your house! They are ever praising You. Selah. How blessed is the man whose strength is in You, In whose heart are the highways to Zion! Passing through the valley of Baca they make it a spring; The early rain also covers it with blessings. They go from strength to strength, Every one of them appears before God in Zion. O LORD God of hosts, hear my prayer; Give ear, O God of Jacob! Selah. Behold our shield, O God, And look upon the face of Your anointed. For a day in Your courts is better than a thousand outside. I would rather stand at the threshold of the house of my God Than dwell in the tents of wickedness. For the LORD God is a sun and shield; The LORD gives grace and glory; No good thing does He withhold from those who walk uprightly. O LORD of hosts, How blessed is the man who trusts in You! Psalm 84 NAS
Wow! How awesome is our God!! I thank God for you, our prayer partners, and financial partners! We have so much to be thankful for at Intrepid Heart Ministries. We have been blessed with wonderful support and the kindness of friends whether long time or new!
We wish you the best Thanksgiving holiday!
With a thankful heart,