Psalm 92:1, “It is good to give thanks to the LORD, and to sing praises to Your name, O Most High”
Psalm 107:1, “Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever”
As believers in Jesus Christ, we have so much for which to give our praise and thankfulness to the LORD. My brethren, thankfulness is an attitude of gratitude that ought to be a characteristic of every person (Psalm 34:1) who has put their trust and faith in the living and risen Savior. Our life will take on a much different perspective when we spend our time counting our blessings rather than airing our complaints. Let’s pause for a moment throughout our busy day to think about the abundance God has so graciously showered upon us. If you do this, you will discover many reasons to express your gratitude to Him. Unfortunately, it’s all too easy to take God’s goodness for granted.
After all, Scripture emphasizes the importance of praising God for His goodness and mercy. Many of the psalms are the outpouring of thankful hearts. For example, “Let the peoples praise You, O God; let all the peoples praise You” (Psalm 67:3). “Be thankful to Him, and bless His name” (Psalm 100:4). The apostle Paul urged his fellow Christians (we should too) to give “thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Ephesians 5:20). In light of the above, take some time to recall the Lord’s pardon, His constant protection, His faithful provision, and His abiding presence in your life.
Although the word thankfulness doesn’t appear in Matthew 5:1-12 our Lord shows us what the good life is all about. Rather than emphasizing material success, Jesus Christ teaches that genuine happiness; thankfulness and prosperity begin in the heart. So, how can we say thanks in a meaningful way? Well for starters try thanking God for the trials that caused you to recognize your spiritual need, to mourn over sin, and to submit to God. Thank Him for the joys and sorrows that encouraged you to hunger after His righteousness, to show mercy, to be pure in heart, or to be a peacemaker.
Thank Him for whatever has helped you to develop the blessedness that reflects His plan for your well-being. Despite our trials, we can give thanks for God’s unfailing goodness; for His holy name; for deliverance from sin and for victory over death. Even when all joy seems gone, we can still find reasons to thank and praise God. The psalmist reminds us that “the earth is full of the goodness of the LORD” (Psalm 33:5). My brethren, may God open our eyes to His many acts of goodness every single day so we’ll never doubt His presence and His mercy, grace and love.
As endless as God’s blessings are,
So should my praises be
For all His daily goodness’s
That flow unceasingly! – Adams
Because God gives us everything, we owe Him all our praise.