Thanks be to God!

Date: Thursday, November 21

ScripturePsalm 95

Verse: Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise (Psalm 95:2)

When I was a kid in Sunday School, we would sometimes sing an old spiritual in Sunday School I’m guessing you know – “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands.” It’s such a simple song, yet profound in its simplicity. It is simply a reminder that no matter how out of control the world may feel, God is in control. When we feel we are the victims of circumstance, the powers that be, the government, unseen forces out to do us harm, or just that our time is not our own, it is good to be reminded that God is in ultimate control, and things will be alright. 

Today’s Psalm is the ancient equivalent of “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands” (vs 4). It reminds us of God’s ownership of the earth because he is the creator (vs 5), and tells us he is our good shepherd (vs 7) – an image of provision and protection. All of this stems from an attitude of thanksgiving (vs 2). The last four verses or so, seem to bring the whole thing down, but I don’t think that is the intent of the author. Instead, he is telling us, the readers, that all our missteps we make of trusting in ourselves can be avoided, if only we will keep those thankful hearts that remind us He’s got the whole world in His hands. 

Oftentimes, we delude ourselves into believing our fate is in our own hands. We like to believe we are in control of everything, and do not like the realization we are not. With that comes worry, and there are days when it piles up. Worries about relationships, health, friends, jobs, children, spouse, what that noise the furnace made is going to cost to fix, and the like. When they gang up on us, they have the power to steal our day off, our sleep, our prayer time, or whatever they want. At least so it seems. We appear to have no control over them.

Today’s Psalm reminds us we do not have to worry about how we are going to fix things. If we worship God with a heart of gratitude, our focus shifts from us to him, and we are reminded “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands.” 

Prayer: O God, thank you for your loving protection and provision. Amen.   

Action: When the worries creep in, sing to yourself (or out loud) a little bit of “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands.” 

Respond: Share a time God has shown you that you are in his hands. Answer by clicking “Leave a Comment” below. 
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About Joe Iovino

Christian, husband & father, Associate Pastor in Monument CO, guitar player, motorcyclist, Mets fan.
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