TITLE: Thanks Always
DATE: January 14, 2019
TEXT: Psalm 106:1 – ESV - Praise the Lord! Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!
Now thank we all our God.
But a 30-Years-War was not the only cross Martin Rinkart had to carry.
In spite of this, in spite of all he had suffered; in spite of his pain and loss, Martin Rinkart managed to write these words:
1. Now thank we all our God With heart and hands and voices,
Who wondrous things hath done, In whom His world rejoices;
Who from our mother's arms Hath blessed us on our way
With countless gifts of love, And still is ours today.
Now thank we all our God. Do you understand, Rinkart wasn’t thanking God FOR a 30-Years-War; he was giving thanks for a God who took people through that war. Rinkart wasn’t thanking God FOR a plague which wiped out and ripped apart families; he was giving thanks for a Savior Who would take all who believed on Him to a place where every plague and each pestilence has been eradicated.
I’m sure, when Rinkart did funeral 3,999, that worn out old pastor must have wondered if there would ever be an end to the sufferings. Then, as one of Christ’s redeemed, he would have remembered, and relied upon the promise of Revelation (21:4) where it says Jesus “will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning nor crying nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, I do not know what will come my way in this New Year. Grant that I, in all circumstances, may give thanks to you for my Savior. In Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen.
Today’s devotion was inspired by various articles, amongst which is the one written by . Those who wish may check out this link which was, at the time of writing, fully active:
The music which introduces and concludes our devotions was written by Guy Baumann, one of my long-ago confirmands. He is singing with three brothers. This song comes from the album: The Baumann Brothers which may be ordered here: http://thebaumannbrothers.com/index.html