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Pastor Greg's Harvest Daily Devotion for 11/27/2008:

"Remembering to Say Thanks"

Oh, that men would give thanks to the Lord for His goodness, and for

His wonderful works to the children of men!

  --Psalm 107:8 (NKJV)

In the Old Testament, we find an interesting story of how King

Jehoshaphat took an uncommon approach when his enemies waged war

against him. Instead of sending in his army first, he sent the choir

and musicians.

Imagine the scene: "All right, guys, here's the plan today. An army

is out there, armed to the teeth. So we are sending in the choir and

the musicians." If I had been a choir member or musician, I might have

wondered whether the king liked our music.

But God had directed Jehoshaphat in this unusual battle tactic. We

read that Jehoshaphat appointed people to sing to the Lord, praise the

beauty of holiness, and go out in front of the army saying, "Praise

the Lord, for His mercy endures forever" (2 Chronicles 20:21).

So that is exactly what they did. The Bible tells us that when they

began to sing and praise, God sent an ambush against the enemy, and

they were destroyed. God's people were able to go into this situation

giving thanks, because He was in control.

In approaching God to ask for new blessings, we should never forget

to thank Him for the blessings He has already given.

Have you recently come to God for help and He came through for you?

Did you come back to say "thank you"?

If we would stop and think how many of the prayers we have offered to

God have been answered and how seldom we come back to God to thank

Him, it just might amaze us. We should be just as deliberate in giving

thanks to God as we are in asking for His help.



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