Thanksgiving, Praise and Worship At All Times
Kimberly N. Alleyne
The Harvest Magazine, Publisher and Editor
II Timothy 4:2; Psalm 34:1, II Corinthians 4:17-18
The change from one season to another is a reminder that all things last for but a time, and that God is the sovereign master of time. Winter months turn over into spring, from a sometimes bitter and harsh span to one that envelopes nature in renewal and restoration. Each season slides into the next, each hosting its very own unique stage to showcase God’s beauty, strength, character, power and glory.
God shows His immeasurable love for us by etching Himself and His omnipresence onto nature’s canvas. He’s always thinking of us, and poising us to give thanks and praise.
King David wrote that he would bless the Lord at all times — regardless of the season or circumstance. How is David’s model applicable today?
In the marketplace — we thank and praise God for jobs that provide income that give us seed to sow into the Kingdom. The marketplace is also part of our mission field, and sphere of influence.
Seasons of Lack — Even we are experiencing times of lack and insufficiency, we must keep pouring our praise and love on God. Allow lack, whether it be physical, financial, emotional or spiritual, to drive us closer to the Lord. He’s always waiting…
Seasons of Harvest — God is never remiss in delivering on His promises. His Word is true, and it is impossible for Him to fail in keeping His Word. He is our Jehovah Jireh; and He promises to provide for us and meet all of our needs (according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus). So we should never doubt or fret that He won’t. And we need to thank and praise Him just as passionately when we’re living in overflow, as when we don’t have all we need.
In Serving — When we serve and minister, weariness is sure to set in at some point. When it does, we have to encourage ourselves and keep pressing. Our thanksgiving and praise are battery sources for our souls; and they’re also powerful weapons against complacency and detachment, which are enemy tactics. When we make the Lord our focus, He gives us the help and grace that we need.
Just as we should always pray (and believe that God has answered our prayers) and keep a ready praise regardless of what’s going on, we should always recognize God’s love — in every season.