In the Psalms, King David encourages us to give thanks; to offer to God thanksgiving.
True thanksgiving however, comes from a heart of gratitude. If you are not grateful, I do not see how you can be truly thankful. To be grateful and thankful, one must appreciate what he has; those he has around him, where he is in life, what he is, and at what level he is at. When he does, he will be truly grateful and will give thanks from his heart.
Proverbs 4:23 “Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life.”
Luke 6:45 “A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.”
Therefore, true thanksgiving depends on the condition of one’s heart.
Psalm 50:14 “Offer to God thanksgiving,
And pay your vows to the Most High.”
“I will praise the name of God with a song,
And will magnify Him with thanksgiving.
This also shall please the Lord better than an ox or bull, which has horns and hooves.”
Thanksgiving is better than any sacrifice made upon the Altar. It pleases God.
Make a joyful shout to the Lord, all you lands!
2 Serve the Lord with gladness;
Come before His presence with singing.
3 Know that the Lord, He is God;
It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves;
We are His people and the sheep of His pasture. Enter into His gates with thanksgiving,
4 And into His courts with praise.
Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.
Come before God, praising and singing to Him with true thankfulness.
There is power in thanksgiving. When you begin to be grateful to the Lord for all that you have; family, friends, health, money, job, business, food, clothing, etc., and you start to thank the Lord, you will find that joy will flood your soul. You will realize that God really loves you and cares for you, that He has blessed you and desires to do so much more for you.
Faith will rise up from the inside of you to trust God, for all that you need and desire for Him to do for you. Try thanking God with a heart of gratitude, and see if you will not experience exactly what I am telling you.
“Count your many blessings name them one by one…”
God bless you.
In Christ and in His service,
Pastor David Ramiah