Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name! Psalm 100:4 (ESV)
Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever! Psalm 107:1 (ESV)
God does not demand anything from us expect one thing and that is praise. God created us to worship Him and offer Him praise. Most of have become very ungrateful in our hearts and complacent in giving thanks to the Lord. We only thank God when He answers our prayers or does something which in our eyes seems great before we give thanks to Him.
What God does behind the scenes in our lives is much more than the ones that we see as great things, Him protecting us, giving us life everyday, giving us food and clothing, peace, joy and other benefits. All these benefits the lord renders unto us are not something we deserve or benefits He is obliged to automatically give to us but it is solely by His Grace and Mercies. We shouldn’t wait till we get the grade we want, the job we want or the blessings we are expecting before we give thanks but always we should give thanks to the Lord. His praise should be on our lips and in our hearts daily. David knew the importance of thanksgiving and we can see throughout the book of Psalm how he constantly give thanks to the Lord from the depths of His heart regardless of the situation He find himself in. As believers we should learn to develop the habit of giving thanks to the Lord and also giving thanks to the Lord not only by our lips but from the depths of our hearts and in all situation not when everything seems okay (1 Thessalonians 5:18 ).
Let’s not be a blind or an ungrateful generation when it comes to thanksgiving but always praising His Holy name. Sometimes our prayers should be solely focused on giving thanks to the Lord.
So carve out time this week to cultivate gratitude by looking at and tasting the grace of God in Christ and the thousands of gifts (even painful ones) that flow to us through Christ every single day. And let the feast of Thanksgiving mainly be a feasting on thanksgiving – Jon Bloom
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