Proud People Do Not Say Thanks

A few weeks ago, my son Caleb was preparing a sermon for chapel in his Christian school.  He hinted he wanted my help, as the subject was simply – CREATION.  What a broad topic, I thought.  My wife and I were out that evening, with our “adopted” daughter (our former secretary) who was having a baby.  Later that evening, I checked in on Caleb to see how the sermon was coming.  I was amazed at how practical my son had made this vast subject.

He had gone to the internet and found sounds that our universe makes.  He found a cluster of stars and its vibration sounds that had been recorded; another cluster, and yet another, all with distinct sounds.  He had sea creatures, birds, beasts, and the sounds they make.  His demonstration reflected each sound and where it was located within creation. Then he overlapped the sounds until they all “crescendoed” into a beautiful sound to their Creator – God.  Yet something was missing.  The crown of His creation…where are the praises from the people?  Where is the worship of those who received the claim, “It is very good”?

Psalm 19:1-2, “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge.”

Romans 1:20, “For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse.”

I must be thankful to him! If I cannot add to his glory, then I must honor his glory. If there is an eternally powerful and infinitely marvelous God Who made all that is, then there is only one righteous destiny for His creatures—to live for the praise of His glory; to join our Maker in His manifest purpose to make His power and glory known and loved among the nations. How shall a mere creature honor the glory of His Maker? We all know the answer to that question: We honor his glory by cherishing it and being thankful. Psalm 50:23, “Whoso offereth praise glorifieth me: and to him that ordereth his conversation aright will I shew the salvation of God.”

Proud people don’t say thanks. But people who believe in God’s marvelous grace should always have gratitude in their speech.  The truth that we are utterly dependent creatures should never escape our heart. The truth that we are depraved sinners and the truth that we are redeemed and utterly forgiven through contrite faith is the soil that cultivates gratitude. May we all empty your heart of pride and fill it with thankfulness to God and others.

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God led Ben and his family (wife, Wendy; and three children, Josh, Caleb, and Hannah) to Rockford, Illinois in 2003 to become the International Director of the fastest growing addiction ministry in the United States. Bro. Burks is now privileged to travel and train others how to help the addicted within their communities.

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