A Thanksgiving Secret

What may at first seem a duty is in fact our deliverance

When the psalmist says God's word is perfect, he means perfect: "This God--his way is perfect; the word of the Lord proves true" (Psalm 18:30). 

Nobody knows that, though. We think the man is being eloquent.

When the psalmist says "the words of the Lord are pure words, like silver refined in a furnace on the ground, purified seven times" (Psalm 12:6), he really does mean a seven-times purification from any conceivable aspect of his words that would keep them from being totally awesome, as opposed to a merely five or six-times excellence. 

Nobody knows that, though; we think the man is being poetic. We say, "What a spiritual man the psalmist is."

The exception to that ignorance is people who press into the words of God like the forceful men Jesus talked about who have always taken hold of the kingdom (Matthew 11:12). They strive to see the glories that can only be seen from the other side of the threshold. 

Thanksgiving should be glorious. The Lord says repeatedly that we should give thanks. We know it is the right thing to do--but little do we know that it is a "perfect" thing. 

We read, "Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise. For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods" (Psalm 95:2-3).

We read that and think to ourselves we should really get around to saying thank you to God more often because the Lord is worthy of our thanks. Then we look for a seminar, or a mnemonic device that will help. 

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Andrée Seu Peterson
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