The thankful Christian will turn with true delight to the expression of Joseph Addison in his Thanksgiving hymn, “When All Thy Mercies, 0 My God,” found in many of the better hymnals. Addison gives a mental image that requires music for its expression: Ten thousand thousand precious gifts my daily thanks employ; nor is the least a cheerful heart that tastes these gifts with joy! Here is the spirit of thanksgiving. Here is the understanding of what pleases God in our acceptance and use of His gifts. “A cheefful heart that tastes these gifts with joy” is the only kind of heart that can taste them safely. While Addison had in mind chiefly the gifts God showers upon us here below, he was too much of a Christian to think that God's gifts would cease at death. So he sang: Through every period of my life thy goodness I'll pursue; and after death in distant worlds, the glorious theme renew!
Devotions » Tozer Devotional
Fri, April 17, 2015
A CHEERFUL HEART
Singing and making melody . . . giving thanks always for all things. Ephesians 5:19-20
“A cheerful heart that tastes these gifts with joy” is the only kind of heart that can taste them safely.
Lord, You remind me today of so many things You have given me to be cheerful in, both now, and to come. I am truly thankful.
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A. W. Tozer, a modern day prophet, was a key figure in The Christian and Missionary Alliance. His legacy reaches through time and has impacted countless millions. A prolific author and pastor, Tozer was known for his emphasis on the deeper life movement. His message, informed as it was by A.B. Simpson the founder of The Alliance, brought the missionary call to a massive audience. A series of his sermons are available as audio files.
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