2016 is almost over, how has the year been for you? What have achieved and what have I not achieved? These are among the many questions that we have to ask ourselves at this particular moment. Across the world many are celebrating and rejoicing to the end of 2016. It has been a year filled with many occurrences to rejoice and also mourn on. It is that time in a year that we look at the past year and ‘take stock’. This is a terminology that is commonly used in the business world and I will generally shed some light on it. Stock is the amount of items that a certain business holds and intends to sell in order to generate revenue. When a business’ year comes to an end, there is need to tally the items for sale that have been sold and those that have not. Taking stock is to think carefully and evaluate about a certain situation and form an opinion about it. With this definition, it is that time of the year when I look back and evaluate. I recall of the good days and bad days. Over the past year, we have been bruised, tempted and restored by God’s grace and alive to share with others about His goodness. I am also reminded of David’s exhortation of praise and thanksgiving to God. Through Psalms 105, David is thanking God for His wondrous deeds.
O give thanks unto the Lord; call upon His name: make known His deeds among the people
Sing unto Him, sing psalms unto Him; talk ye of his wondrous works. (Psalms 1055:1-2, NKJV).
In this Psalm, David meditates on the gracious works of the Lord. He sings this song to the Lord as he gives thanks and praise. He also calls upon himself and all others (we too and the whole world) to magnify God for his mercies. Take some time and reflect on the God’s works of mercy in your life this year and more years in the past. Do you have something to be grateful about and praise God for? Times may have been favorable or unfavorable to us, but Abba Father has been faithful to us.
I urge that we may remember those people that did not have a chance to celebrate this festive season with their loved ones. This may have resulted from a variety of incidents that are known to us and our Mighty Father. As the scripture promises the Lord shall wipe their tears, heal and bind their wounds. Our creator knows where it hurts the most and He knows the best way to help us; He is the source. Prayer and reading the Word are two main things to embrace every day. God pours into our hearts in these ways and restores us when we are grief-stricken and gives us divine comfort, healing and hope for the second resurrection.
And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away
(Revelation 21:4, NKJV).
He health the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds. (Psalms 147:3, NKJV)
As we wind up 2016 and gear up for 2017, it is a good time to give thanks and praise to God. The beginning of the New Year is also an ideal time to give thanks as well. Resoundingly, let us give thanks to God, call upon his name proclaim what he has done; sing a song of adoration unto the Lord.
One year ends, and behold another begins.