The Living, Only the Living!
“The living, the living, shall praise you, as I do this day: the father to the children shall make known your truth.” Isaiah 38:19
I have heard of many people who are in a state of utter confusion and despair when they hear the importance of thanksgiving or giving thanks to God for their lives. They will question God’s grace for them and wonder if they should even give thanks. They will ask themselves, why is it that we should be thankful for our life? All because of the circumstance that surrounded their life.
Little do they know about the fact that God has given us so much more than just what our eyes can see. He has given us so much more than just what our ears can hear or more than what our minds can imagine. Being alive in the land of the living among the living is a gift of life with immeasurable hope that God has planned us.
Psalm 104:33 says, “I will sing to the LORD all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.”
Hezekiah, one of Judah’s prominent kings, understands how important this gift of life is and how grateful he was for his health when he recovered from his sickness. He understood that it is not only about God’s plan but also an opportunity to be thankful for all that God has done. The miraculous recovery gives him a glimpse into the future when he exclaimed that “The living, the living, shall praise you, as I do this day.”
What about you, my dear beloved brethren? Do you understand that it is ‘the living, only the living’ that can praise God? Being grateful is not about the things we do have or the things you haven’t had. It is about the life that God has given us to enjoy the light of the day and the joy of His presence. Therefore, give God the quality praise that you are grateful for everything that He has given you. Don’t take the gift of being alive for granted because only the living can praise God. Psalm 146:2 says, “While I live will I praise the LORD: I will sing praises unto my God while I have any being.”
Praise God with all your heart and soul. Be thankful, even if it means giving up all your possessions.