Life of Thanksgiving by Robert Walker

Life of Thanksgiving
Robert Walker
Psalm 100

In 1607, a German named Martin Reinkardht wrote..."Now Thank We All Our God" Down thru the centuries it has been one of the great hymns of praise.

"Now thank we all our God with heart and hands and voices
Who wondrous things has done, in whom His world rejoices
Who, from our mother's arms has blest us on our way
With countless gifts of love, and still is ours today

All praise and thanks to God the Father now be given
The Son, and Him who reigns with them in highest heaven
The one eternal God whom earth and heav'n adore
For thus it was, is now, and shall be evermore."

But in the year that Reinkardht wrote that hymn, over 6000 people in his German village, including his wife and his children, died of pestilence. In the midst of that great catastrophic social and personal loss, Reinkardht wrote one of the most lasting hymns of praise.

Note the words of that last verse:

"All praise and thanks to God the Father now be given...
The one eternal God whom earth and heav'n adore
For thus it was, is now, and shall be evermore."


ILLUSTRATION

Robert E. Bruce describes the following incident: "While walking along a busy street one day, I heard someone singing.

His sweet voice was distinguishable even above the noise of the traffic.

When I located him, I noticed that he had no legs and was pushing himself through the crowd in a wheelchair.
Catching up with him, I said, "I want you to know, friend, that to hear singing from a person in your condition gives everyone else a lift."

He answered with a grateful smile: "When I stopped looking at what I had lost and began concentrating on all I had left, I found much for which I could rejoice and praise God for.

ILLUSTRATION

One day during the period that Abraham Lincoln served as President of the United States, an elderly lady was ushered into his private office. Lincoln noticed that she carried a covered basket beneath her arm and he in ...


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