To give thanks unto a person is to say that he is good and has performed a good deed. The Hebrew word for giving thanks is to throw out the hand, that is, to point to one, to point him out as one who has done something good. Therefore if there is anyone who should be thanked it is God. No matter what He does, He always does what is good. That is why the psalmist writes in Psalm 75:1 , "Unto Thee, OGod, do we give thanks, unto Thee do we give thanks: for that Thy name is near Thy wondrous works declare.'' Here he is pointing to God and His wondrous works.
Now that God's name is near means that God Himself is near us, embracing us with His love. For us this ought certainly to be clear, for by faith we have seen His wondrous works of His Son's virgin birth, blotting out of our sins by His cross, rising from the dead and ascending to God's right hand, and obtaining power over all things in heaven and on earth, so that heavenly goodness is prepared for us in God's house. And that we are so different spiritually from the unbelievers ought to cause us to point to Him and say, "O God, how good and great Thou art!"
We have every reason to sing (PRC Psalter):
To Thee, O God, we render thanks.
To Thee give thanks sincere,
Because Thy wondrous works declare
That Thou art ever near.
You and I must point to God and tell others that He is good. But we must also go to Him with our words in prayer, telling Him that He is good and that His work of salvation in Christ is wonderful.
We must tell our families but also the unbelievers with whom we work. We must be faithful witnesses of Him, the God of all good. And by all means, every night before we close our eyes in sleep, we must thank Him for encircling us with His love all during the day. Yea, we must thank Him for giving us thankful hearts. That too is a wondrous work and one that He wrought in us by His Spirit. No wonder that the psalmist in this verse says twice that we give thanks to this wonder-working God.
Song for Meditation: Psalter #172
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Through the Bible in One Year
Quote for Reflection:
"Of one thing our children must never be in any doubt; of one thing they must be sure, absolutely sure--our love for them. Assurance of the parents' love for them as covenant children of God gives a sturdy security; a healthy self-love and sense of worth, in Christ; and a right knowledge of the Father in heaven." --D. J. Engelsma, "As a Father Pitieth his Children"
- Date: 11-June
Rev. John A. Heys was born on March 16, 1910 in Grand Rapids, MI. He was ordained and installed into the ministry at Hope, Walker, MI in 1941. He later served at Hull, Iowa beginning in 1955. In 1959 he accepted the call to serve the South Holland, IL Protestant Reformed Church. He received and accepted the call to Holland, Michigan Protestant Reformed Church in 1967. He retired from the active ministry in 1980. He entered into glory on February 16, 1998.