Psalm 106:1

“Praise ye the LORD. O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.”

When we read this verse, we are reminded of a true story told by Corrie ten Boom. She was a Dutch Christian woman who helped harbor Jews from the Nazis during World War II, and she is also the author of the famous book, The Hiding Place. She and her family were caught by the Nazis, and eventually were sent to Ravensbruck concentration camp in Germany. In the bunk houses, they were stuck in terrible and inhumane living conditions. One day the women in the bunks started to complain about one thing, in particular - the bunks were riddled with fleas which bit and plagued those who occupied them.

As the women were complaining, Betsy ten Boom, Corrie’s sister, read a small passage of Scripture in I Thessalonians 5:18, “In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” After reading this, Betsy began encouraging the women to be strong and give thanks to the Lord. Corrie couldn’t understand why God would want her to give thanks for even the fleas in her bed. However, she still gave thanks “in everything,” even for the fleas.

Later, it was found out that the Nazi male guards stayed away from the female bunkhouses and did not harass the women because of the fleas. God had sent thousands of pesky little creatures to plague the women, but in doing so protected Corrie, her sister, and even the other women with them.

Sometimes it can be hard to thank God in all circumstances and situations in our lives, but rest assured the Lord has our best interest in mind.

Give thanks to the Lord today and it will greatly change your day. A great deal of anxiety and depression can be stilled by simple thanksgiving for the Lord’s many blessings to us.

57-0308 - “The Good Shepherd Of The Sheep”
Our most gracious heavenly Father, it is a privilege that we have tonight to come in thy Presence to give thanks to Thee for all Thy goodness to us. And we're unworthy of the blessings that Thou does give us. But we know that we have the promise that all things work together for good to them that love God. How our souls rest upon that Word.
And we pray tonight that You'll pour out of Your blessings upon us. Let Your Holy Spirit come to each heart and give to us that what we have need of. For we stand waiting with our hearts open, in Jesus' Name.