Müller, Heinrich - About Thanks.
Turning back is the best Thanks.
You praise God with your mouth, and you do well to do so. The offering God wants from us is Thanks. The more you open your mouth, the more He pours in. Every thanks procures a new blessing. The waters originate from the sea, and flow back to the sea. Prayers direct the flow of Grace from God downwards, thanks-giving directs them back up again. The goodness of God is a Jabobs Ladder, where angels climb up and down. A prayer up - a blessing down; thanks up - blessings down; blessings up and down, up through "Our Father" - down through Gratias (thanks). Everything seeks out its origin and therein it rests, also Gods blessings.
But tell me, do you praise God with your life? Turnaround is the best thanks. Contemplate your life, where are you? Your Savior teaches in Matthew 7:13-14 "Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Are you on that same path? Do you hold company with the masses? Do you conform to the world?
Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. Are you among the few? Where does your path lead? Observe your footsteps. Pride, anger, hatred, injustice, and lies are the footsteps of the world. Humility, meekness, love, justice, encouragement, mercy, and truth are the footsteps of Jesus. Where are you? Turn back, turn back, if you are not on the right path. Through turning back one praises God. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven ~ Matthew 5:16
I ask you one more. Do you praise God in your sufferings? Submission is a beautiful praise of God. God gives you good things; you say "The Lord has given, His name be praised!"
The Lord takes away; do you then say "The Lord has taken away, His name be praised!"
A submissive heart is always prepared for a turnaround. What God gives, a submissive heart is ready to give back, if it so pleases God.
I will praise God with my heart and mouth, in life and in love. All that is within me, Praise the Lord.