What do we do in this Covid-19 pandemic? Gratitude and giving thanks is a very frequent admonition in Scripture, no matter what the circumstances. Giving thanks appears 100 times in the Bible, while praise over 350 times. In fact singing to the Lord with “grateful praise”is what the psalmist tells us in Psalm 147:7 because the Lord heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. Jonah the finally repentant prophet after being stuck in the fish’s belly, which might be compared to our stay at home orders with Corona-19 even said in his “thanksgiving prayer”, ‘“But I, with shouts of grateful praise, will sacrifice to you. What I have vowed I will make good. I will say, ‘Salvation comes from the Lord’” (Jonah 2:9). No matter where we find ourselves in this time of viral pandemic God is sovereign and He will use it for our good and His glory in His time and ways as we trust in Him. “God is in or inhabits the praises of His people” (Psalm 22:3).
The Apostle Paul exhorts the people of Colossae and by extension all of us on rules for holy living to, “Be thankful… “Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts” (Colossians 3:15,16).
Paul spoke often to remind us of being thankful no matter what. So I remind each reader, especially myself to do so and to, “ Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (2 Thessalonians 5:16-18). Clearly prayer with praise is His desire. He also told the Ephesian church to be wise and make the most of every opportunity because the days are evil. He reminded believers to be filled with the Holy Spirit, not wine while we sing songs in our hearts and make music to the Lord, “always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Ephesians 5:20). This is hard, but it is one of God’s ways to get through the pandemic. So I will keep praising and praying for an end to this pandemic and revival in our country.