Thankful in Everything Pt 3

Thankful in Everything Pt 3

“In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”

1 Thessalonians 5:18

 

Why Does God Require His Children To Be Thankful?

 

Simply put, God requires His children to be thankful because He desires worship. The word of God emphasizes the role thanksgiving plays in our worship throughout the Psalms. Here are some examples:

 

  • I will praise the name of God with a song, And will magnify Him with thanksgiving.” (Psalms 69:30)
  • “Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving; Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms.” (Psalms 95:2)
  • “Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.” (Psalms 100:4)
  • “I will offer to You the sacrifice of thanksgiving, And will call upon the name of the Lord.” (Psalms 116:17)

 

The Role of Thanksgiving in Worship

 

These wonderful passages, and others, create a colorful canvas for us to see the sublime privilege we have in expressing our thanksgiving to God in our worship of Him. The following points are a few of the glorious gifts we present to God as we worship Him through thanksgiving.

 

  1. Thanksgiving magnifies or makes much of God.
  2. Thanksgiving releases our joy in God.
  3. Expressing thankfulness to God blesses God.
  4. Thanksgiving is an integral aspect of prayer.

 

The Role of the Word

 

In a recent sermon our Pastor remarked, “It is impossible to worship God apart from a heart that is filled with the Word of God, which brings thanksgiving and praise to God” (See Ps 106:12). Christians have so much to be thankful for. We have so much to fuel our worship, but the chief element must be the Word. A love for the Bible is the pure spring from which biblical thanksgiving and biblical worship flow. LIsten to King David, “Oh, how I love your law! It is my meditation all the day” (Ps 119:164). Similarly the Apostle Paul admonishes us to, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom” (Col 3:16a). The Word of God dwelling in us richly should cause us to have a raised awareness to the reality and activity of God all around us. Here, we can draw connections back to the earlier posts in this series. The Word of God has become wisdom to us when it reveals Christ to us. It has become wisdom in us when we use its truth to affectionately worship from a heart bursting forth with thanksgiving.

 

For His Glory,

 

MBC Staff

 

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