Giving Thanks and Praise

Sometimes, worship and thanksgiving can be a sacrifice. That may be because we are down or depressed or things aren’t going all that well for us. Maybe hardship or tragedy has struck our lives in some way and we don’t want to thank God.

Yet the Bible urges us to give thanks to the Lord. Psalm 106:1 says, “Praise the Lord! Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.”

We are told in Colossians 3:17, “And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.”

And Hebrews 13:15 says, “Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.”

We are not told to give thanks to the Lord because we feel good; we are to give thanks to the Lord because He is good.

As we approach God to ask for new blessings, we should never forget to say thanks for the blessings already given. We should be just as definite in returning thanks as we are in requesting help.

But many times we aren’t. We are quick to ask for help, but we are slow in giving thanks.
Sometimes, this can be difficult, because we feel as though we have been dealt a bad hand in life or there are things that have happened to us that we don’t understand. But here is something we need to remember: “In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (1 Thessalonians 5:18).

This verse doesn’t say give thanks in some things or in what you think are the good things. It says to give thanks in everything.

Now it is easy for me to give thanks when something wonderful happens to me. When something bad happens, however, I think, I won’t give thanks for that.
But I don’t know that we ever will fully know what was good or bad in our lives until much later. I would even suggest that what you think is a bad thing today may turn out to be a good thingtomorrow or down the road. And what you have thought of as a good thing may, in time, turn out to be a bad thing.

As you look back in time, you will be able to say that the Lord knew what He was doing.

We need to trust God, always thanking Him recognizing
that God is in control of all circumstances surrounding our lives. We must realize that God loves us and is always looking out for our eternal benefit, even if what we are presently going through is difficult.
We must remember that God is wiser than we are. He is always dealing with us for our best and eternal good. But sometimes, what is good for us eternally is not easy for us temporarily. God will make that decision and work in our lives.

There is so much to give thanks for. Have you been thanking God? Don’t wait until Thanksgiving Day. Every day should be Thanksgiving.

Be Blessed and Encouraged 

Bill Rieser