Hello and Welcome to another Beautiful Thursday. Today we bring you a new series; #HymnThurdsay. Every Thursday of the week, we bring you lovely Hymns, which have been the bedrock of the church for centuries. Hymns, like other songs are evergreen pieces that will forever be a blessing to the Church.
Todays Hymn is “Count Your Blessing” written by ‘Johnson Oatman Jr’. This version is sung by Gospel Music Singer, Guy Penrod.
STORY BEHIND THE HYMN “COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS”
Johnson Oatman, Jr. grew up in New Jersey in the middle of the 19th Century singing hymns with his father. His life is a testimony to the legacy left by a loving Father who sings praise to God with his children! Johnson grew up to become a bi-vocational Methodist minister and he wrote over 5,000 hymns, including Count Your Blessings in 1897. Count Your Blessings is considered his finest hymn and for over one century it has been one of our most loved hymns. It’s a song of thankfulness to God that is sung by English speaking people around the world on Thanksgiving Day and all year long.
One writer said about Count Your Blessings,
“It is like a beam of sunlight that has brightened up the dark places of the earth.”
Early on it was especially popular in Great Britain, where it was said,
“The men sing it, the boys whistle it, and the women rock their babies to sleep on this hymn.”
During the revival in Wales it was one of the hymns sung at every service.
WHY SHOULD WE COUNT OUR BLESSINGS?
Counting our Blessings does not mean we should deny the existence of the challenges we face in our lives. It does not mean we should act as if nothing is wrong. It means instead that though we are in the midst of stormy challenges, we acknowledge the blessings which we have in Christ Jesus. Counting our Blessings means that though the fact of the challenges are before us, we instead focus on the truth in the word of God.
We choose to think on that which God has done for us in the past, whilst we also dwell on that which He has promised us in the word.
In Philemon 1:6, we are told;
“That the communication of thy faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus.”
Our faith is effective and powerful when we acknowledge (accept or admit the existence or truth of) the good things we have in Jesus.
Ephesians 1:3 says;
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ,
No matter what you are facing today, know these following things;
- You have been blessed with every Blessing in Our saviour Jesus.
- There is ALWAYS something to be grateful for.
- God’s promises for you are way above those challenges, hold on and stay strong.
- You have the grace to count it all joy.
- You are not alone!
- Think about Gods goodness in your life and begin to Count Your Blessings.
Father Lord, we thank you for today. We pray that you help us to count our blessings now and always, regardless of whatever storms we are facing. We thank you for every light affliction is working in us an eternal weight of Glory. We believe that your plans for us are for good and not for evil. We take our minds off the storm, and instead focus on your promises. We rejoice in your word and declare that all things are working together for our good. Thank you father for your love and faithfullness. Thank you for your blessings. Thank you for being our God. To you be all the Glory in Jesus name Amen.
God Bless You!
Post in Italics culled from- http://www.soulshepherding.org/2012/11/count-your-blessings/
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