Thanksgiving takes practice, and doesn’t always come naturally. Psalms 92 helps us with instruction, it tells us to start by declaring God’s lovingkindness before the day gets started, and to finish by praising God’s faithfulness at night.
Declaring the end from the beginning is a common theme in the scriptures. For me, it’s naming the day and my life before anyone or anything else has the chance to name it for me. Before the news, the family, or the job tell us how the day should feel, or how the day should go, depending on what’s happening in the world, we can name our day according to the faithful nature of God.
“Lovingkindness” is a great word. It colors this beautiful image of God showing up for us as relentlessly kind, present, available, helpful and useful. The word “kindness” literally means useful. Lovingkindness is the part of God that gets in the trenches with us and works alongside us. It’s God’s persistent love in action with sleeves rolled up ready to help with anything.
And the word “faithfulness” is just as good, it’s the call to rely on God’s faith for us! It is the faith of Jesus we rely on, not our own faith, but His faith. And Jesus never fails in the faith arena! Jesus is our faithful One who represents us, as us, with God. We are fully covered by His faith FULL ness! Trust that today.
Wonderful God you are so loving, so kind, and so very faithful for me. I love how you have provided yourself for my every need. Thank you in advance for supplying your Spirit in my day and creating opportunities for me as I trust in your relentless goodness and favor. Let it be so, and let it be done. Amen.