This weekend my wife brought a simple, yet profound, truth to my attention. If God’s mercies are new every morning (Lamentations 3:22-23), then our thanksgiving should be new every morning also. As we receive fresh mercy from God each day, there should be a corresponding giving of thanks that proceeds from us to God.
God is not like that uncle of yours who you only see every year at Christmas and gives you a present at that time that you thank him for. Rather, for those who trust in Jesus, God is intimately and precisely channeling mercy to us every second of every day because we are united to Christ (see “in Him” repeated numerous times in Ephesians 1:3-14).
There are mercies that we all receive everyday like a bed to sleep in, food on our plate, a job, a family, a car that runs. But because they’re always there we don’t see them as new mercies. We take them for granted and begin to expect that they will always be there. We need to remember that just because something is there everyday does not mean that its being there is a result of old mercies. No, they remain with you each day because of God’s new mercies. So, Church, let us thank God afresh each day knowing that his mercies are no less new in allowing you to continue to keep what you already have.