After the ark was brought back to Jerusalem, King David wrote a Psalm of thanksgiving. The first stanza is 1 Chronicles 16:8. It says, “Oh, give thanks to the Lord! Call upon His name; make known His deeds among the peoples!”
A thankful heart in the midst of fearful situations is a sacrifice that pleases the Lord. Hebrews 13:15 says, “Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.”
Giving thanks is God’s will. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 says, “In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
Thankfulness opens our heart and is reflected through our eyes and body language. It is a posture of heart-trust. Fear, on the other hand constricts our heart, and causes us to drawn inward.
An authentic follower of Jesus is a testimony in times of trouble. Paul addressed the Thessalonians in 1:7-8. It says, “So that you became examples to all…for from you the word of the Lord has sounded forth…Your faith toward God has gone out…”
We have the words of life! We are Jesus-ambassadors. We are called to proclaim His name to those around us. Proverbs 3:27-28 is a great mandate for this season of crises.
“Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in the power of your hand to do so. Do not say to your neighbor, Go, and come back, and tomorrow I will give it, when you have it with you.”
I’ve always seen these verses as material things, but now I see them as giving out what sustains my own life–God’s word. I have the assurance of my salvation. Multitudes around me don’t. The Lord is not willing that any should perish (2 Peter 3:9).
We have His word to hide in when we are surrounded with fear-causing circumstances. What does an unbeliever have to hide in? Luke 21:26 says, “Men’s hearts failing them for fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth…”
2 Timothy 4:5 says, “But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.”