Real Thankfulness, by Simeon Ashe (d. 1662)
Most Christians have never been exposed to what it means to be truly thankful before God. – McMahon
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Simeon Ashe (d. 1662) was a puritan minister of the Gospel and a member of the Westminster Assembly. He is described as a man of great sincerity, humility, benevolence, prudence, and patience: as eminently diligent in preaching the glorious gospel of the grace of God in season and out of season, so as not to please the ear, but to wound the heart. Samuel Rutherford described him as, “gracious and zealous.”
How thankful are you to God? Or are you stoic? Do you just bite your upper lip and make it through the day, or are you truly thankful in it? Here is the biblical test to your thankfulness: if you are thankful, how well do you keep God’s commandments? These are conjoined together.
Simeon Ashe will teach you that giving thanks to God is not only about “lip-service” but about “doing.” It is not enough to state, “God knows my heart.” Rather, Ashe will show you that God requires the biblical action of “giving” real thankfulness. Yes, real thankfulness is an attitude, but it is also, and more importantly, an action.
Ashe works from Psalm 105:45, “That they might observe his statutes, and keep his laws. Praise ye the LORD.” He will explain real thankfulness in 6 important parts. He exegetes his text, explains his text, shows the reader how his text informs us of real thanksgiving, how people cast off being thankful by their unthankfulness, exhorts us to consider carefully being thankful in 8 crucial points, and then gives the reader some incitements to Christian duty before God’s holy gaze. Overall, he shows that man’s regular observation of all God’s commandments is the end of all God’s glorious administrations for man’s comfort, which then in turn becomes real thanksgiving. So, without true obedience before God, the Christian cannot really be thankful to God for who he is and what he has done in Christ Jesus. This is the heart of Ashe’s teaching as it is the heart of his text to render the Christian able to give real thanksgiving to God.
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