“That I may proclaim with the voice of thanksgiving, and tell of all your wondrous works.”
Have you ever noticed that we kind of skip over Thanksgiving? So many stores have Christmas items out way before Thanksgiving is over…sometimes even before Halloween! Now, I love Christmas and decorating for Christmas, but Thanksgiving isn’t a day to just eat more food and then forget about it.
The Bible mentions thanksgiving many times. Not the holiday we celebrate today, but giving thanks to God. Wherever giving thanks is spoke of in both the New and Old Testament, it is almost always coupled with one of these three things: joy, praising God, or prayer.
Psalm 95:2 says, “Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving; let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms.” When we thank God, we are to SHOUT JOYFULLY. We are not supposed to mutter thanks like we just received a horrible gift. We are to really stop and think about what Christ has done for us—He not only provides clothes and food for each and every one of us, He DIED for us. He took the blame for us and carried our sin so that we don’t have to. If that’s not something to shout joyfully about, I don’t know what is!
The next thing that the Bible mentions with giving thanks is praising God. Psalm 100:4 states, “Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.” As Christians, we often forget to thank God for who He is. We remember to thank Him for our food, thank Him for family and friends, but we so often forget to praise Him for being the all-powerful God, the Good Shepherd, and our Father. Jesus even mentioned praising God for who He is in Matthew five: “Our Father in Heaven, hallowed be Your name.”
“Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving” (Colossians 4:2). Keeping vigilant in prayer means being on constant watch for danger or the devil’s fiery attacks. The devil wants us to forget to give thanks. He holds on to the hope that we will be ungrateful for what God has given us. He holds on to the hope that we will complain about what God has given us, or, in other words, tell God that He’s not doing it right and that our way is better.
Philippians 4:6 says this about prayer: “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made know to God.” It is so neat that giving thanks is important enough to be mentioned with prayer. Giving thanks is so vital in life.
I would like to finish with this verse from Ephesians 5:20: “Giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” That about sums it up. We are supposed to giving thanks for ALL THINGS, to GOD, in JESUS’ name. So, the next time you pray, don’t forget to thank God for who He is. Thank Him for your blessings, and shout joyfully about His goodness!