November 26, 2019
Gifts from God
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. – James 1:17
Praise God, from Whom all blessings flow,
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.
Those are the closing words of a song entitled, “Awake My Soul, and with the Sun.” Thomas Ken, an Anglican priest, penned that song at a time in history when it was considered blasphemous to sing lyrics that were not from Scripture. It was written for the young men he trained at Winchester College, and was given to them with the strict instructions that they should only use it for their personal devotions in their rooms. That last verse became a short hymn in itself and is possibly one of the most widely used doxologies in churches today.
Today, I am thankful that we are not limited in how we can praise God. Some songs, such as the one above, have profound lyrics that seem to capture the deepest sentiments of a Christian. Recently, as I was humming this song, I felt such praise to God for all the blessings that He has allowed to flow into my life. Everything good in my life has come from Him. When I look at the people who surround me—my husband, my children, my extended family, and the family of God—I can certainly feel thanksgiving welling up in my heart. They have been perfect gifts to me that have shaped my service to God. My Christian walk has also been influenced through adversity at times, but I also consider those experiences to be precious gifts from God, as they have proven most valuable over the years.
As much as I appreciate all those gifts, I know the greatest gift of all sent from the Father of lights is Jesus. When God gave us His only Son, He made a way for us to experience fellowship with Him. Through Jesus, He gave us peace and contentment in this life and the hope of eternal life in Heaven. What a wonderful God!
Years have passed since Ken’s song was written, but God continues to send gifts our way that make our hearts sing the words, “Praise God, from Whom all blessings flow.” It is good and infinitely fitting that all of us here below, as well as the heavenly host, do praise the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. Has your heart praised God today?