The phrase past due is an accounting term that refers to past the date on which a payment should have been made. Those notices appear in the mail or as an email to warn customers of their violation. This reminder is like a courtesy call, a method to encourage individuals to immediately pay the amount owed. Yet, money is not the only that is past due.
With my mouth I will give great thanks to the Lord; I will praise him in the midst of the throng, Psalm 109:30.
The most obvious past due response is thanks. While American’s celebrate Thanksgiving every November, I often forget to thank the people who have helped me along the way. Giving thanks shouldn’t be just an annual event. Rather, thanksgiving should be a daily practice, slowing down enough to verbally share how much you appreciate your friends, family and co-workers. Similar to Billy Joel’s song Honesty, thanksgiving can be such a lonely word.
Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name, Hebrews 13:15.
The second response that is past due is praise. The Psalmist suggests that human beings were created to praise God, Psalm 150. Prior to entering into a relationship with God, Romans 10:9-10, I was selfish and self-seeking. Yet, when Jesus came into my life, I began to see the connection between blessings and God, James 1:17. The earthly brother of Jesus wrote about this claiming that every good and perfect thing on earth comes down from heaven. Although money may get the most attention in life, don’t forget to praise and thank God this holiday season.
by Jay Mankus