Friday, November 20, 2015

Psalms 50:14-15 -- On Thanksgiving and Simplicity

"Offer unto God thanksgiving; and pay thy vows unto the most High:
And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me."
Psalms 50:14-15

I like the idea that the offerings that God wants us to make to him are these simple things... to thank him in everything (D&C 98:1), and to keep our promises to him (Hosea 6:6).  And in return, he promises us that he will deliver us when we call upon him.  It seems so easy... and I think, really, the core of the gospel is simple.  God wants to help us and teach us, and we need the help, and the deliverance as we learn to deal with things... just like an Earthly parent sometimes has to deliver a child from danger or trouble before they have learned to handle those different situations themselves.
Today, let's try not to overthink or overcomplicate the gospel.  Let's give thanks to our Heavenly Father, and keep our promises to him.  Let's be humble, and obedient, and turn to him in our times of trouble.  He loves us, and if we listen to him and keep his commandments, we will learn and grow up into more than we could ever be without him.

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