Jody Neufeld is the editor of Bible Study Paths. She has been an RN for more than 30 years; the mother of three and grandmother of six. She and her husband are the owners of Energion Publications and Neufeld Computer Services.
How do I live in thanksgiving like Psalm 100 when I have lost my job and we hope we aren’t homeless by Christmas?
I want to begin by saying that I do not have all the answers. That is no surprise and neither is it a surprise that God is the only One who does!
Psalm 100 (New Living Translation)
Shout with joy to the Lord, all the earth!
2 Worship the Lord with gladness.
Come before him, singing with joy.
3 Acknowledge that the Lord is God!
He made us, and we are his.
We are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving;
go into his courts with praise.
Give thanks to him and praise his name.
5 For the Lord is good.
His unfailing love continues forever,
and his faithfulness continues to each generation.
It’s interesting, and right on target, to me that you mentioned Psalm 100. Many worship services begin with all or part of this psalm as a call to worship. And I remember that the Thanksgiving after my son died that this was the call to worship and I surely did not feel like shouting with joy!
Which makes me think of the guy who might have wrote this song – David. We don’t know at what point in his life that David might have wrote this. Depending on when David wrote this song, he might have wrote it in victory or he might have been affirming that, even though he was being hunted down or his kingdom was crumbling, God was still on His throne and His love and faithfulness would continue.
Even in the middle of terrible times, God is faithful and His love is still there for us. And the wonderful thing is that God knows my life and knows the condition of my heart. He can handle my questions and my anger. He sees the big picture that gives me a look into the ‘why’ of it.
I pray you will make a choice, Dear Reader, to grab on to God like Jacob did and ‘wrestle’ out your questions with God (Genesis 32:22-32). Do not let Him go until He blesses you! I also hope you will have open eyes to see what could be next in your life. Do not limit God’s answer to what you might think should happen. He has been known to lead us out of our comfort zone so that we will rely even more on Him and the path turns out to lead us into His Promised Land. I also pray that your circle of Believers, family and friends, will hear God’s voice and help you. Remember that even the patriarch, Moses, needed friends to hold his arms up during a crucial battle (Exodus 17:8-13). Accept God’s messengers and the gifts that they bring from Him.
God bless you.