The instruction to give God thanks is found in various books in both the Old and New Testament. Sometimes it is stated with what appears to be exultation and jubilation as in Psalm 107:1-2. “O give thanks to the LORD for He is good for His compassion and lovingkindness endure forever! Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, whom He has redeemed from the hand of the adversary.” And I can imagine that it is whispered sometimes, as perhaps you can recall doing, “Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good.”
I take note of the fact that the instruction to give God thanks is usually given together with a reason, which usually has to do with His character; for example, as noted before, “He is good.” Other character traits include His lovingkindness, which endures forever.
But His character traits are not the only reasons given for giving God thanks. First Thessalonians 5:18 tells us, “Give thanks in all circumstances for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” It is His will that we give Him thanks. His will.
And I also take note of Psalm 50:24, “Whoever offers thanks as a sacrifice honors Me…” And I remember that sometimes thanks may be hard to give, especially under circumstances such as those echoed by Hillary Scott and the Scott Family in the song, “Thy will:” “I know you’re good, but this don’t feel good right now.” I am thankful that when thanks giving is hard, I can do this hard thing and all hard things through Christ who gives me strength.
Day 11 of the 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes challenge. Today’s prompt is “Thanks.”
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