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Today’s Sunday Scripture was originally prepared last week, but due to my surgery recovery it was not posted. I think it is still applicable as we go into the Advent season.
I recently did a survey on my Facebook page and asked…
And here’s something else that will give greater meaning to this verse…
the heart (leb in Hebrew, pronounced lebe’) to the ancients was the seat of all emotion, intellect, will and the mind. All the parts of us that cannot be seen! It’s the, I love this description, “the ELSEWHERE of man”… the inner man that cannot be seen but is what makes us unique!
We are to thank God with all of our emotion, all of our intellect, all of our will, and with all of our thinking mind! AMAZING!
Now couple this with the act of thanking God with our hands strained towards the heavens and our fingertips shaking out praises to God and you’ve got the picture of what it looks like to thank God!
What a word picture for THANKFULNESS!
Can you imagine how that would rock most of today’s modern church services?
I think the important take away from this word picture of thanking God is that it should be a whole body and mind activity. I’m not saying we have to shake and shimmy and quake as we pray… but our whole self should be straining and seeking God as we give thanks… maybe not outwardly, but certainly inwardly!
A couple of week’s ago I wrote about A LIFE STRAINING TOWARDS GOD. And a quote really struck a cord with a lot of my readers…
KNOW BEFORE WHOM YOU STAND
This little phrase is very applicable when we give thanks! When we really focus on the Object of our blessings we can thank Him with our whole selves!
As we give thanks this Thanksgiving and move towards Christmas, let’s remember to be thankful with our with every fiber of who we are!