He Hath Not!

Psalms 103:8-10  The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy. He will not always chide: neither will he keep his anger for ever. He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.

The Holy Bible, King James Version

Somehow, to me at least, this verse is saying we have not gotten, nor will we ever get exactly what we deserve. How many times have we ever said in the flesh, “I wish I could get what I deserve.” How mistaken we are when we say that. I, for one sinner, surely do not need to say that. I do not wish to get exactly what I deserve because I would be lost world without end for a bleak, dark, and terrible eternity.

Today, surely all of us could meditate on the goodness and faithfulness of our Heavenly Father, the worthiness of God the Son, and the power and influence of the Holy Spirit. This great Triune God who has manifested unto us all His very self in so many ways.

What will be spread upon our family dining tables today? Do we deserve any of it, more than all of the people in the world who will have nothing or very little to eat?

Then, after surveying our natural blessings, let us look toward our spiritual table of blessings, indeed an abundant table full of precious and gracious things. Glorious things that are so delightful and tasteful to our souls.

R.H. Pittman stated the matter of thankfulness very beautifully in his song:

The Lord Has Been So Good To Me
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The Lord has been so good to me,
I want to sing His praise,
I want to glorify His name
all my remaining days.

The Lord has been so good to me,
I will on Him depend;
And everyday wherever I be,
I would His truth defend.

I want to follow in His steps
And show my love this way;
I want to lift His banner up,
Each fair or cloudy day.

I want to mingle with His saints
While here on earth I stay,
And meet them on the golden shore
On that eternal day.

Lord Jesus, wilt Thou mercy show
And save me by Thy grace,
That I may when this life is over
Look on Thy lovely face.

And in the land of endless bliss,
Where all the praise is Thine,
Some humble place at Thy dear feet,
May this poor sinner find.

Elder R.H. Pittman 1870-1941
If you can see yourself in that little two letter word “me,” then you are indeed richly blessed on this Thanksgiving day.

Brother Eddy A. Flick
Flintstone, GA