“Give thanks to the LORD, call on his name; make known among the nations what he has done.”
Our focus text gives a concise three-fold process for strengthening our walk with God.
- Give thanks.
- Call on His name.
- Tell your story.
Clearly, there’s more to the Christian experience, but practicing these simple steps every day will help you grow in the faith. It’s like an exercise plan for the soul.
To Strengthen Your Walk with God “Give thanks to the Lord.”
In our horizontal relationships with one another, expressions of gratitude are a daily occurrence. Like at the end of a transaction. “Thank you for shopping at Walmart.”
Or after a thoughtful comment. “You look great in that dress.”
Upon receiving a gift or an act of kindness. “You shouldn’t have, but thank you.”
Expressing gratitude is an automatic response, sometimes with little thought. Drummed into us by our parents.
Reminds me of an incident I observed in the grocery store recently. A mother was demanding a toddler to say the magic words. “If you don’t say it, the nice lady won’t give you a cookie next time.” The kid relented, and the crisis was averted.
Just to be clear, there is nothing wrong with “thank you.” It is a common courtesy that should be employed by all of us, even when our brains are on autopilot.
There is, however, a higher level of giving thanks, heart-felt gratitude that flows from the depth of your being. It’s the kind of “thank you” that I expressed to God when my wife was declared free of cancer. It’s the gratefulness expressed by any one of us upon seeing our newborn children for the first time. It comes in those special moments when you realize the greatness of God; how much He loves you, all He has done for you, and His incredible work in your life.
Each day when you approach the Lord, pause to consider the great things He has done. Besides the blanket catch-all “thank you,” recall specific blessings and speak from the heart.
To Strengthen Your Walk with God “Call on His name.”
If at this very moment, God stopped working in your life, you would still have more than enough for which to be thankful. He saved you through the precious gift of His Son. But God has no plan to stop blessing you. That’s why He wants you to “call on His name.”
Share your heart with the Lord. Tell Him where you need help. What are your burdens and concerns? Share your dreams and broken dreams. Confess your sin and ask Him to enable you to overcome it. What habits need to be corrected? What are your spiritual challenges? And when you make requests, do so with faith.
And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. Hebrews 11:6
To Strengthen Your Walk with God “Make known among the nations what he has done.”
This relationship, between you and God, will produce plenty to talk about; stories of the great things He has done. Use them to encourage others with God’s faithfulness.
You and I share a commonality in the faith. But we also have unique personal experiences with God. Those individual blessings are particularly helpful when ministering to others in similar circumstances.
Thank. Pray. Witness. Do that every day to strengthen your walk with the Lord.
For more on this topic, check out this article: Don’t Miss This Part of Gods Will for Your Life
Reprinted from The Forever Notebook, Book 4 (October – December) Get your copy here: Paperback and eBook/Kindle formats.