Usually, when we think of the word “thrill”, our minds turn to amusement park rides, or a first kiss – things that tend to elevate our heart rate! Rarely do aspects of our faith come to mind when we think of the word “thrill”.
But maybe they should.
I was reading the Psalms the other day, and in the New Living Translation, Psalm 92.4 says, “You thrill me, LORD, with all you have done for me! I sing for joy because of what you have done.”
Now, most translations will use the more gentle (if more passive) “You make me glad” in translating a verb that means “to brighten up”. But I think “thrill” is an accurate and appropriate translation – and one that makes us think.
In this, the afterglow of Canadian Thanksgiving, we do well to remember that while Thanksgiving is another statutory holiday, and a good excuse to eat turkey, gratitude should characterize us all year long. When we think back on that for which we are grateful to God, can we say that we are “thrilled”?
Often, we take a lot for granted. The fact that we have air to breathe, food on the table, people who love us – can we say that we are “thrilled” by these gifts?
Take some time today to review the past few days in your mind. Think about what thrills you. And turn that thrill into a prayer of thanksgiving to God that raises your pulse with joy!