I’ve heard people say, “When I get to heaven . . . have I got some questions for God!” It’s typically said in a tone of voice that gives the message—God’s got some ‘splainin’ to do!
When I tend to think about seeing the Lord face to face for the first time…
Wow, I can only imagine!
Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely.1 Corinthians 13:12
Those words follow his verses on love.
Love is patient and kind…1 Corinthians 13:4-13
When you and I are in the presence of God’s perfect love—nothing else will matter. When we see the “big picture” of God’s love with complete clarity, I believe we will simply fall before Him in worship that flows from hearts full of gratitude and praise.
And I think it’s the thought of God’s unfailing and undeserved love that inspired David to write Psalm 65…
What mighty praise, O God,Psalm 65:1–4
belongs to You in Zion.
We will fulfill our vows to You,
for You answer our prayers.
All of us must come to You.
Though we are overwhelmed by our sins,
You forgive them all.
What joy for those You choose to bring near,
those who live in Your holy courts.
The vows David was referencing were promises to thank and praise God for answering his prayers. Especially his prayers asking for forgiveness.
I can be so quick to go to God with my requests but I wonder how often I run back to Him with worship and praise when He lovingly grants my requests.
- I ask Him for forgiveness but do I daily thank Him for that forgiveness?
- I ask Him for protection but do I fail to notice the countless times He does?
- I ask Him for healing but do I focus more on the times He says “no” or “not now” than on the times health is restored?
- I ask Him to bless my day but do I keep a record of the countless things He does to bless me?
Wow, that’s a humbling list.
I don’t think I’ll be asking the Lord to explain anything when I see Him face to face . . . I imagine that I will be too busy thanking and praising Him.
I don’t want to wait until heaven. I want to faithfully thank and praise Him now.
God is worthy! He always has been and He always will be.
You crown the year with a bountiful harvest;Psalm 65:11–13
even the hard pathways overflow with abundance.
The grasslands of the wilderness become a lush pasture,
and the hillsides blossom with joy.
The meadows are clothed with flocks of sheep,
and the valleys are carpeted with grain.
They all shout and sing for joy!
And those are just a few of the many reasons we have to thank and praise God.
He is the Creator and Sustainer of the World.
This is what the Lord says—Isaiah 45:12
I am the One who made the earth
and created people to live on it.
With my hands, I stretched out the heavens.
All the stars are at my command.
He is Savior, Alpha and Omega . . . He will come again.
“I am the Alpha and the Omega—the beginning and the end,” says the Lord God.Revelation 1:8
“I am the one who is, who always was, and who is still to come—the Almighty One.”
He is our Advocate, Spirit of Truth, and Comforter.
The Father . . . will give you another Advocate, who will never leave you. He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth. The world cannot receive Him, because it isn’t looking for Him and doesn’t recognize him. But you know Him, because He lives with you now and later will be in you.John 14:16–17
He is love.
This is real love—not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.1 John 4:10
Yes, He is worthy of our thanks and praise now and forever!
A Prayer to Thank and Praise God
Father, I thank and praise You for who You are and for all the amazing things You do for me each day. First, I want to thank You for Jesus who made it possible for me to live forever in Your loving presence. I thank You for Your Spirit who gives me faith and guides me according to Your will. I thank You for Your Inspired Word that teaches me Your truth.
Thank you for providing for me physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Thank you for forgiving me and please help me to forgive those You place around me. Thank you for never leaving or forsaking me and for helping me carry my burdens. Thank you for giving me freedom from fear and peace for each moment. Thank you for helping me fight my battles and for giving me hope.
Most of all I thank You for Your grace, mercy, and love. Thank you for promising me an everlasting home with You in glory. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! In Jesus’ name. Amen.
When you don’t understand God’s why . . . trust His love and anticipate the future with hope remembering that when we stand before Him face to face there will be no need for explanations only days to thank and praise Him with great joy.
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