August Ludvig Storm, 1862-1914
Translated by Carl E. Backstrom, 1901-?

Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;
Ephesians 5:20

A thankful spirit, both for the good and the difficult, is one of the important indicators of a believer's spiritual condition. To be able to say--

I thank Thee, God, that all our joy is touched with pain,
That shadows fall on brightest hours, that thorns remain;
So that earth's bliss may be our guide, and not our chain.
I thank Thee, LORD, that Thou has kept the best in store;
We have enough, but not too much to long for more--
A yearning for a deeper peace, not known before.
~Adelaide A. Proctor~

A prayer like this requires a life that knows and practices the intimate presence of Christ in daily living.

August Storm, the author of "Thanks to God", lived most of his life in Stockholm, Sweden. As a young man he was converted to Christ in a Salvation Army meeting. Soon he joined the Salvation Army Corps and in time became one of its leading officers. He wrote this hymn's text for the Army publication, Stridsropet (The War Cry), on December 5, 1891. The original Swedish version had four stanzas, with each verse beginning with the word tack "thanks", having a total of 32 "Thanks" in all. The gratitude expressed to God ranges from the "dark and dreary fall" to "the pleasant, balmy springtime", "pain as well as pleasure", "thorns as well as roses".

These words have come from the heart of one who lived and practiced what his lips and pen proclaimed.

Thanks to God for my Redeemer,
Thanks for all Thou dost provide!
Thanks for times now but a memory,
Thanks for Jesus by my side!
Thanks for pleasant, balmy springtime,
Thanks for dark and stormy fall!
Thanks for tears by now forgotten,
Thanks for peace within my soul!

Thanks for prayers that Thou hast answered,
Thanks for what Thou dost deny!
Thanks for storms that I have weathered,
Thanks for all Thou dost supply!
Thanks for pain, and thanks for pleasure,
Thanks for comfort in despair!
Thanks for grace that none can measure,
Thanks for love beyond compare!

Thanks for roses by the wayside,
Thanks for thorns their stems contain!
Thanks for home and thanks for fireside,
Thanks for hope, that sweet refrain!
Thanks for joy and thanks for sorrow,
Thanks for heavenly peace with Thee!
Thanks for hope in the tomorrow,
Thanks through all eternity!

*For Today*: Psalm 68:19, 103:1-10, 116:12: Revelation 7:12

To quote Madame Blueberry from Veggie Tales, "A thankful heart is a happy heart!" Become even more aware of God's daily blessings in life. Carry today's hymn with you.

Music url: The Cyber Hymnal

Taken from Amazing Grace -- 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions Copyright 1990 by Kenneth W. Osbeck. Published by Kregel Publications, Grand Rapids, MI. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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