Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever. Cry out, “Save us, God our Savior; gather us and deliver us from the nations, that we may give thanks to your holy name, and glory in your praise.” 1 Chronicles 16:34-35
Medical experts are still not entirely sure about the way COVID-19 is spreading. They know it spreads through close contact. However, they are not sure if the virus is air born. One thing for sure, they know it is highly contagious and can infect anyone. It is a wonder that millions are not dying from this virus.
I woke up this morning with a sense of awe and gratitude because God has spared my life thus far. Despite the many people I know that have been infected and died from COVID-19, God has ordered the death angel to skip your house and mine. What is even more amazing is that he continues to provide for our basic needs, according to his riches in glory, despite the economic crisis facing this country and the rest of the world.
In today’s text, David is celebrating the goodness of the Lord after he was able to bring the ark of God inside a tent that he had pitched for it. He wrote a Psalm that he told Asaph and his associates to sing as a hymn of praise to the Lord. At the beginning of the song, David says, “Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done.”
Perhaps you are angry, frustrated, or brokenhearted because you lost a loved-one to COVID-19. May I tell you that if it had not been for the Lord on your side, things could have been a lot worst! Maybe you lost a job, and your finances are in jeopardy. Please do not forget that God has been good to you, and he deserves your gratitude.
It can be challenging to be grateful amid hardships. However, do you ever stop to think what God has spared you from, and how he has favored you despite your current circumstance? Amid the pain and suffering, sadness and adversity you may have experienced, don’t forget God’s grace and mercy.
More than 68, 465 souls have perished due to COVID-19 in the US alone. Many more will perish in the days to come. While we are yet alive, we should thank Almighty God that we are still alive and relatively healthy. It is by God’s mercy that we will survive COVID-19. We should not put our hope on the government or the medical establishment.
In verse 34, David tells the assembly to give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever. If you take an introspective look at your life, you will find many reasons to give thanks to the Lord. It would be unwise to think that God has nothing to do with the events in your life.
Faith in God is the best preventive medicine against COVID-19. In verse 35, David tells the assembly to “Cry out, save us, God our Savior.” The Lord will incline his ears to those with a grateful heart. He is a deliverer to those who trust in him.
Do not wait for the dark cloud of this pandemic to pass over this nation and the world before you express your gratitude to the Almighty for his keeping grace. Because you do not need a ventilator to breathe, you should say thank you. You should thank God for every meal you eat, for every article of clothes you wear, for every pair of shoes in your closet, for every time you turn on the faucet and water gushes out for you to use, for the car in your garage, and the food in your fridge. Let everything that has breath say, “Thank You, Lord.”
Prayer- Blessed Lord, we thank you for grace and mercy that are renewed every morning. Amid our adversity, may we never stop thank you for your many blessings.