Bible tells us in so many places to give thanks to God. “Let us come before his
presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms” (Ps
95:2). The word for thanksgiving there in the Hebrew is "todah", it
means adoration, praise, and giving thanks. This word occurs over 30 times in
the Old Testament.
the New Testament, the apostle Paul taught us to voice our thankfulness to God
(Eph. 5:4). In 1 Thessalonians 5:18 Paul exhorted us to thank God in everything
no matter what the circumstances are. It is also interesting to note that in teaching
about prayer he very much emphasized the importance of accompanying all of
those prayer requests with thanksgiving (Phil 4:6).
don't need to thank God for the challenges we face in life but for the way out
of those challenges. "We are more than conquerors through him that loved
us” (Rom.8:37). If you have a thankful heart you won’t have a complaining
heart; so, let's have thankful hearts for all of God's love and blessings, and
look forward expectantly to what he will accomplish through us.
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4:6 Paul tells us that whenever we pray it should be mixed with thanksgiving to
God. In Psalm 100:4 the people were exhorted to enter his gates, or presence,
with thanksgiving. We can sing with grateful hearts to our God (Col 3:16). We are
also exhorted to abound in thanksgiving (Col 2:7). The psalms are replete with
thanksgiving to our heavenly father.
is God's will for us to have thankful hearts (1 Thess 5:18); we don't need to
think for too long to be able to prepare a long list of the blessings of God
that we experience daily. We are recipients of his indescribable gift in Jesus
our savior (2 Cor 9:15). We are forgiven (Eph 1:7), saved (Rom 10:9), healed (1
Peter 2:24) and walk in victory and authority (Col 2:15) over all the works of
give thanks is to glorify God (Psalm 50:23). Like praise, thanksgiving pleases
God and draws us up into his presence (1 Thess 5:18). Paul urged us to give
thanks (1 Tim 2:1). Take some time today to be thankful, to thank God and see
how he will lift you up into his spiritual realm, his presence: "In thy
presence is fulness of joy; at thy right-hand there are pleasures
forevermore" (Psalm 16:11; KJV).
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glorious early summer morning just leads me to want to praise God and thank him
for all the blessings he pours on us daily. We should all have thankful hearts
(Ps 95:2). We have only to look around us to see the blessings of God in his
creation (Rom 1:20).
day when we wake up we need to thank God for life, family, loved ones and for God’s
love, mercy, forgiveness and presence in our lives; how blessed we are. When each
of our children were born I was always reminded that we are: “fearfully and
wonderfully made” by the hand of our mighty God (Ps 139:14; KJV). He cares for
us, each one of us (1Peter 5:7).
are told to: “enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with
praise” (Ps 100:4) and to: “come before his presence with thanksgiving” (Ps
95:2). God created our earth and he saw that it was good (Gen 1). He made us to
fellowship with him (Gen 3:8-9).
bible tells us that every good thing comes from our heavenly Father: “with whom
there is no variableness, neither shadow of turning” (James 1:17). He designed
us to live the life that he does, an abundant life (John 10:1). He is so
faithful and he desires and is so worthy of, our thanks and praise. As we give
thanks and praise him our worries disperse and we are lifted into His presence
(Ps 100:4; Ps 22:3). Spend some time today thanking God and praising Him.
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