Thanksgiving has come and gone. Can we linger just a little longer on thanksgiving before we move onto Christmas?
“I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.” (Psalm 34:1, NASB)
One of the definitions of ‘continually’ is “without an intermission” (dictionary.com). In other words, ongoing.
Typing that word, ongoing, brought to mind the children’s song that says,
“This is the song that doesn’t end. Yes, it goes on and on, my friend. Some people started singing it, not knowing what it was. And, they’ll continue singing it forever, just because…”
My kids used to sing it in the car on long rides to help pass the time. The point was to see who could outlast who, but they always ended up busting into laughter. When I looked the song up, I had to laugh as printed at the end of the lyrics was these words:
Maybe that should be our instruction: Bless the Lord. Praise the Lord. Thank the Lord. (repeat forever)
Seeing as we can only verbally speak one sentence at a time, it is safe to say, it would be virtually impossible to have both praise and complaints coming out of our mouths at the very same time.
The words to another song, an old hymn, came to mind:
“And while the ages roll I’ll keep on praising Him And my voice will never tire or grow old And my song shall ever be Praise the Lamb who died for me And I’ll sing it while ages shall roll.”
Maybe this is what the psalmist had in mind. That we are to keep on praising Him, our voice not tiring. We are to remember the precious Lamb, our perfect Savior, who died for us so that we might live.
How can this be achieved?
Maybe praise, or thanksgiving is a habit. Maybe it is a habit we can develop at any point in life. Maybe it is achieved by simply beginning.
Eugene Peterson helped me out with his wording from The Message: “I bless God every chance I get; my lungs expand with his praise.”
Or maybe we can say it this way: Every chance I get, I will praise the Lord.
May praise be the song that doesn’t end.
May praise be the song that goes on and on, my friend.
It seems I am not the only one holding onto the thought of giving thanks often. In her post, “A Thanksgiving Lifestyle”, Barbara Lee Harper bring this reminder: “We can give God thanks whether we feel thankful or not. Usually, once we do, the feelings come.” You can read the entire post by clicking on the title.
Come, sit a spell. Bring your coffee, your posts, and your thoughts. If you link up, kindly visit those who have drawn up a seat around you.