Remember the wonderful works he has done, his miracles and the judgments he has uttered. Psalm 105:5 

Rejoice always, Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

1 Thessalonians 5:16, 18

Remember – the psalmist urges us to remember all the wonderful things that God has done. We could just sit and list all the things we can remember, something like a grocery list. Then, are we done? Just go on along with our own lives, pleased that we did remember this? The first verse of Psalm 105 tells us more “Give praise to the LORD, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done.” We remember so that we can in turn praise God, and let others know how wonderful God is.

Paul writes to the  Thessalonians (and subsequent readers like us) that they are to do this continually. To rejoice always. To give thanks in all circumstances, no matter what. This, which can be very hard to do sometimes, is God’s will for us. After all Jesus said that He came that we might have joy and have it abundantly. The way we can do this is to remember what God has already done for us, and to remember the promises of  God. Promises of continual love, and grace and mercy.

Wondrous God, the earth and heavens display your handiwork. Our hearts swell with gratitude for your blessings as numerous as the stars. Grant us the grace to remain grateful to you in all the circumstances of our lives. Whether in times of bounty or need, health or illness, joy or sorrow, pleasure or pain, may we lift our hearts and voices to you in praise of your goodness. Amen.

Chris Gabel