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The Bible is filled with commands to give thanks to God (for example Psalm 100:5, Psalm 106:1; Psalm 107:1; Psalm 118:1 ; 1 Thessalonians 5:18).
Most verses go on to list reasons why we should thank Him, for example:
“His loving-kindness endures forever”:
Praise the Lord of Lords, for His lovingkindness endures forever.”
“He is good”:
Praise Adonai, for He is good, for His loving kindness endures forever.
“His mercy endures forever“:
1 Chronicles 16:34
Give thanks to Adonai for He is good, for His mercy endures forever.
Thanksgiving and praise always go together . We cannot praise and worship God without also being thankful.
Feeling and expressing appreciation is good for us. Like any wise father, God wants is to learn to be thankful for all the gifts He has given us:
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.
It is in our best interest to be reminded that everything we have is a gift from Him. Without gratefulness, we become arrogant and self- centred. We begin to believe that we have achieved everything on our own. Thankfulness keeps our hearts in right relationship to the Giver of all good gifts.
Giving thanks also reminds us of how much we do have. We tend to focus on what we don’t have. When we focus on blessings rather than desires, we are happier. When we start thanking God for the new things we usually take for granted, our perspective changes. We realize that we could not sure even exist without the merciful blessings of God.
The Word of God tells us we must, in any situation, always be thankful:
1 Thessalonians 5:18
In everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Messiah Yeshua.
We are to be thankful, not only for the things we like, but for what we don’t like. When we purpose to thank God for everything that He allows to come into our lives, we keep bitterness away. We cannot be both thankful and bitter at the same time.
We do not thank Him for evil, but that He is sustaining us through it:
Happy is the one who endures testing, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life, which the Lord promised to those who love Him.
We don’t thank Him for harm He did not cause, but we thank Him when He gives us the strength to endure it.
We thank Him for His promise that everything will work together for good for us as lovers of the Almighty.
Now we know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to His purpose.
We can have thankful hearts toward God even when we do not feel thankful for the circumstance. We can grieve and still be thankful. We can hurt and still be thankful.
Giving thanks to God keeps our hearts in right relationship with Him and save us from a host of harmful emotions and attitudes that will rob us of the peace God wants us to experience:
Do not be anxious about anything – but in everything, by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. And the Shalom of God, which surpasses all understandings, will guard your hearts and your minds in Messiah Yeshua.
Amongst all of the blessings we are given from God, the one we should probably be most thankful for is that Yah sent Yeshua to pay the ultimate price for our sins and offer us everlasting salvation and eternal life.
May we continually offer God praise and thanksgiving, through Yeshua the Messiah:
Through Yeshua then, let us continually offer up to God a sacrifice of praise- the fruit of lips giving thanks to His name.