Let's Give Thanks!
The holiday tradition of Thanksgiving is upon us again. The reality hit me that we have so much to give thanks to God for what He has done. I know in my own life I often fail to give God praise for all He is doing for me. The book of Psalm gives us plenty of great passages to meditate on concerning giving thanks to God.
“Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving, Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms.” Psalm 95:2
“Enter His gates with thanksgiving And His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him, bless His name.” Psalm 100:4
The heart behind these Psalms is all we have is from the hand of the Lord. We are being summoned by the psalmist to worship God by giving thanks to Him for His wonderful works. This reality, the one true and living God has bestowed upon us grace, love and goodness. Is the force which moves us to worship. A true demonstration of worship is to give thanks. It is God’s will that we give thanks. Paul in 1 Thess. 5:18, “in everything give thanks.” The reason we are called to be thankful is because God is the great giver of life. May we give God greater thanks every day rather than just on Thanksgiving.
Here are some ways we can do that:
1. Thank God for the little things.
Do we wake up each day and say, “thanks for another day to serve you?” Each day is a gift from God and we often go through our days without acknowledging God as the one responsible for what we have. We need to practice telling God thanks each morning!
2. Thank God for answered prayer.
I believe God is always answering our prayer according to His will and timing, but are we looking for them? Do we see God’s tangible hand in our day, and thank Him for His answers. It’s not always in ways we have prayed our planned, but God answers it according to his plan. If we will look for them we will rejoice in them and not get caught up in our own world and desires, but we will begin to see God answer prayer.
3. Thank God for trials.
When we praise God in the midst of the pain we are giving God the glory because we know that he is using this time in our lives to bring us closer to God. When we turn to God in moments of pain we become grateful for them knowing that God is using it for his glory and our good (Rom. 8:28-29).
Let’s remember to give thanks to God this Thanksgiving!