This appears to be one of David Wilkerson’s last writings. Dated April 18, 2011. I put it up in hopes it will encourage us no matter what we are going through.
LET US GIVE THANKS ALWAYS!
“Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Ephesians 5:20).
This matter of giving thanks continually was so important in Paul’s theology that he repeats it three: times. (1) “Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs,” (2) “Singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord,” and (3) “Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Ephesians 5:19-20).
Yet without faith we cannot do this as we ought. We are pressed down by so many problems and distresses. Of course, God does not want us to fake it. It seems to me Paul has given us the key when he tells us, “Do this unto the Father.” The great preacher John Calvin said that such singing and giving thanks is all feigning and hypocrisy unless we are fully persuaded God is our loving Father.
Our mouths quiver sometimes with grief so that we cannot sing. We don’t feel like giving thanks. Dire circumstances shatter our spirits. There are times our hearts cry, “Lord, do you really expect me to sing and make melody when I hurt so badly?” “Lord, I am so burdened down with cares I can barely lift my head.” “Lord, I find it hard to praise and speak hymns in my heart. There is too much fear, grief and doubt.”
So it is not easy to respond to this important truth. And God is not severe with us when we hurt. We are his children. Yet these words are given to help us find solace and relief in just such times. We can become so focused on our difficulties that we lose more than our song; we drift further and further away from God’s eternal promises. That is why, in spite of all we face, our Lord says, “GIVE THANKS ALWAYS.”
I am truly convicted by this word from Paul. I want to face tomorrow determined to sing to my Lord and give thanks for an entire day—for all things, in all things. It may be an inaudible song, or it may be an inner song. It may be weak at first. But there must be power in simply doing it by faith, or Paul would not have repeated this three times.
Oh, that ten thousand reading this message would endeavor to sing along with me! What a joy that would bring to the Father’s heart. We ought to follow it up by resting in the truth that God has heard our cry and is working out our solution every day, even now. So, let us go on giving thanks always—and never stop singing love songs to our precious Lord and Savior.
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