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Psa 105:1-3 – “O give thanks unto the LORD; call upon his name: make known his deeds among the people. Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him: talk ye of all his wondrous works. Glory ye in his holy name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek the LORD.”
Today, April 28th, is the sixth anniversary of Settled In Heaven Ministries. Over the past 6 years, the Lord has graciously allowed and enabled us to proclaim His Word through the SIH internet-based ministries. To honor Him and thank Him for His gracious intervention in this ministry, I would like us to look at three short verses from Psalm 105:
(1) O give thanks unto the LORD; call upon his name: make known his deeds among the people.
Two of the greatest ways we can show our appreciation TO OTHERS for all that the Lord has done for us is:
- “call upon his name” –
The phrase “to call upon” can refer to a few different ideas. It can mean “to invite”, “to call for help” or “to proclaim publicly”. Any of these three can flow from a heart of appreciation for the Lord.
Do we invite our Lord to use His spirit to control every aspect of our life? Do we invite Him to come and use us as He sees fit? These are ways for Christians to express our thanks for all He has done for us.
Do we look to our Lord in times of need? Do we refuse to take the “easy way out” of problems, but instead, ask the Lord for grace to help us do what is pleasing and honorable to Him in any given situation? If so, we are saying “Thank You” to the Lord for all He has done for us.
Do we unashamedly tell others about our Lord and who He is? When the opportunity arises, are we willing to risk our relationship with a loved one or a friend to share with them their sinful condition, their inability to save themselves. and their desperate need of Christ? When we do these things we are declaring our gratefulness to Him through self-sacrifice showing His love to others.
- “make known his deeds among the people”
The second way that we can show our appreciation for the Lord and all He has done for us is by telling others what He has done for us. Not only His death on the cross for our sins, but the very personal things He has done for us during our lifetimes. The times He intervened by grace and healed our bodies (or our broken hearts), the times He protected us during times of danger, and the times He accompanied us through the storms of life granting us peace and enablement.
All of these are important messages that others need to hear from us, as they face many of the same issues that He has already brought us through. In doing so, we are declaring our thankfulness for the Lord and all He has done for us.
(2) Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him: talk ye of all his wondrous works
Four of the greatest ways we can show our appreciation TO OURSELVES for all that the Lord has done for us is:
- “Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him:”
Not only are we to rehearse His greatness to others, but also we should display our thankfulness to Him by telling Him what He has done for us. In doing so, we are forcing ourselves to notice His acts of grace in our lives and humbles us It reminds us of our shortcomings, inabilities, and our continual need of Him.
- “talk ye of all his wondrous works.”
As we pray, we can speak to Him from hearts of gratitude and need throughout the day, constantly reminding ourselves of all He has done for us. By doing this, we are showing ourselves that we do recognize our indebtedness to Him and our need to constantly hold a spirit of gratefulness.
(3) Glory ye in his holy name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek the LORD.
- “Glory ye in his holy name:”
We are to be encouraged and strengthened when we think of His holiness, his character, and the privilege we have been given to serve Him. We are not to be motivated to serve Him for the praise of men, but simply to see our Lord be glorified and honored in us.
- “let the heart of them rejoice that seek the LORD.”
When we see ourselves seeking a closer relationship with the Lord, we know with certainty, our seeking is due to His intervention in our lives. What a cause for rejoicing and appreciation on behalf of the people of God
SIH ministries is our feeble attempt to say “Thank You” to the Lord for all He has done for us throughout our lifetime. As we look back at what has taken place over the years, all we can do is echo the words of King David who said…
“To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry. He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings. And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD.” (Psa 40:1-3)
That is what has been; currently is; and, by God grace, will continue to be the desire of our hearts… to say thank you to the Lord for all He has done for us by declaring His greatness. And through it all, to lead men to Christ for salvation and to place a greater reverence of the Lord in the hearts of His people.
Secondly I would just like to thank all of you who have so faithfully taken part in the ministries here at SIH…. Thanks to the followers, commenters, likers, visitors, readers, rebloggers and social site sharers. Believe me, you all have been a great human encouragement as we have sought to faithfully post on a daily basis.
Thirdly, please be in prayer for the ministries here at SIH. By God’s grace, over the years we have tried to be constantly adding to our ministries in an attempt to reach the most number of people with His Word.
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Lord willing, within the next year, SIH will be greatly expanding our ministries on:
May the Lord bless you for your faithfulness to Him and…
MAY THE LORD BLESS YOU AS YOU STUDY HIS WORD!