As I was meditating on the way that thankfulness seems to beget thankfulness I remembered something I had read from the writings of Bernard of Claivaux [a 12th century French abbot]. He wrote of the “…perfume compounded of the remembered benefits of [Yahweh].” A perfume from remembered blessings, what a beautiful thought. I asked myself if my life exudes this fragrance, do I ‘smell’? Over the years I have received more from Yahweh’s goodness and mercy than I could ever have imagined, Yahshua has been more wonderfully kind than my words can express and so I pause to consider the thought that any fragrance I may have in my life comes not from the receiving of His goodness but from the remembering.
One day Yahshua healed ten lepers and they went joyfully on their way – they had received a remarkable blessing, their health. One came back to thank Yahshua – he remembered, and that was the perfume!
A.W. Tozer puts it like this, ‘Remembered blessings, thankfulness for present favours and praise for promised grace blend together like myrrh and aloes and cassia to make a rare bouquet for the garments of the saints.’ I am blessed by the way he blends together past, present and future as he thinks about a perfume for the saints. It seems that frequently, through the ages, believers have had to be encouraged to be thankful; how thankful are you? Do you express that thankfulness openly to Yahshua? Do you ‘smell’ good?
Give praise to [Yahweh], proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done.
1 Chronicles 16:8 [NIV]