Thankful Words

Recently I was at the conference of our denomination (the Association of Free Lutheran Churches) and we sang this hymn. The words and tune are simple, but express a profound truth. Here is a bit about the story of how it came to be composed by evangelists Bessie and Seth Sykes, Jr. It’s taken from ‘A Great Little Man, A Biography of Evangelist Seth Sykes’ which was written in 1958.

“Thank you, Lord was born [in 1940] in a railway carriage between Edinburgh and Glasgow and has been wonderfully used of God. It has been translated into more than 70 different languages including French, German, Arabic and Chinese, and is sung both on radio and Television throughout the globe. Many touching stories have been told of how it has brought comfort and cheer to those nearing the end of Life’s weary way. One dear man heard it sung over a Canadian broadcasting network. He had come from Scotland to Canada, and somehow had lost touch with Christ. He determined to renew the covenant. Seeking the origin of the chorus, he was put in touch with Mr. and Mrs. Sykes and memories of an old friendship were revived.”

Sing these lyrics this morning and then add your own thankful words of prayer!

Some thank the Lord for friends and home
For mercies sure and sweet
But I would praise Him for his grace
In prayer I would repeat

Thank you, Lord, for saving my soul
Thank you, Lord, for making me whole
Thank you, Lord, for giving to me
Thy great salvation so rich and free

Some thank Him for the flow’rs that grow
Some for the stars that shine
My heart is filled with joy and praise
Because I know He’s mine

I trust in Him from day to day
I prove His saving grace
I’ll sing this song of praise to Him
Until I see His face

For more posts about being thankful see:

Practicing Thankfulness by Sam Crabtree–Book Review

Thankful for Stress!!

Thankful for Spiritual Blessings