“IN EVERY THING GIVE THANKS: FOR THIS IS THE WILL OF GOD IN CHRIST JESUS CONCERNING YOU.” (1 Thessalonians 5:18)
From the Psalms:
“It is a good thing to give thanks unto the LORD, and to sing praises unto thy name, O most High:” (Psalm 92:1)
“Praise ye the LORD. O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever. (Psalm 106:1)
“At midnight I will rise to give thanks unto thee because of thy righteous judgments.” (Psalm 119:62)
We BLESS God when we praise Him:
“BLESS THE LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. BLESS THE LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:” (Psalm 103:1-2)
Deuteronomy chapter 28:45, 47 state if we don’t hearken to God’s voice, we disobey His commandments and are not thankful toward Him, we will not be blessed, but instead reap His judgments and curses:
“Moreover all these curses shall come upon thee, and shall pursue thee, and overtake thee, till thou be destroyed; because thou hearkenedst not unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to keep his commandments and his statutes which he commanded thee: . .
“Because thou servedst not the LORD thy God with joyfulness, and with gladness of heart, for the abundance of all things:”
SO WHY BE THANKFUL?!
- WE ARE THANKFUL AND APPRECIATE GOD FOR WHO HE IS.
- WE PRAISE GOD AND ARE GRATEFUL TO HIM BECAUSE OF WHAT HE HAS DONE FOR US- HIS GOODNESS AND MERCY TOWARD US IS GREAT.
- AND WE ARE THANKFUL FOR THE GIFT OF SALVATION THROUGH JESUS CHRIST. JESUS SAID: “REJOICE BECAUSE YOUR NAMES ARE WRITTEN IN HEAVEN.” (LUKE 10:20b) Praise the Lord! Thank you, Jesus!