Evangelism

This devotional is written by Hannah Fairclough. Hannah knows all of the colours in Joseph’s technicolour dream coat. She learnt them all as the narrator in a school play but got tonsillitis on the opening night and never got to recite them.

Psalm 118:24-29

24 The Lord has done it this very day;
let us rejoice today and be glad.
25 Lord, save us!
Lord, grant us success!
26 Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
From the house of the Lord we bless you.[a]
27 The Lord is God,
and he has made his light shine on us.
With boughs in hand, join in the festal procession
up[b] to the horns of the altar.
28 You are my God, and I will praise you;
you are my God, and I will exalt you.
29 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
his love endures forever.

Reflection

It can feel hard to be thankful. But I think we should take a leaf out of David's book. In this Psalm we see ‘classic David'. He's unashamedly singing the Lord's praises because ‘he is good'. He is thanking God for being God, not any one small specific thing – but something much broader; the simple but incredible truth about God "he is good; his love endures forever". It's obviously really important to say thank you when we have answered prayer or for something that's been specifically on our minds, but how often do we spend time thanking God for the broader areas of our life? That he loves us, that we know him and he knows us, that he is good.  

spend time noticing and being aware of the gifts God has given you in your life and truly thank him for them. Imagine how your attitude might change if you start everyday by being thankful to God and noticing how good he is. Might you see other areas of your life transformed, will your friends or colleagues notice something different about you that might just spark that conversation you've been praying for?

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