“Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. For the Lord is good; and His mercy is everlasting, and His truth endures to all generations” (Psalm 100:4-5 NKJ).
The Psalmist penned the reasons for thanksgiving: The Lord is good, His mercy is everlasting, and His faithfulness endures to all generations. Anybody who has not experienced the goodness of the Lord or His mercy or His faithfulness, would probably has nothing to say anything positive about God. According to human nature, man will give thanks to someone who has given him favor, good thing, or anything that he has benefitted from that someone.
• “In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (1 Thessalonians 5:18 NK).
The Bible is telling us to be thankful to God. When the writers of the scriptures wrote that we have to give thanks to God, they were under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit led them to write the perfect will of God to be known. The giving of thanks unto the Lord is not just intellectual idea or emotional outbursts of the writers of the Bible. God is not asking or begging us to thank Him either. The Spirit of the Lord has given us a direct command to give thanks unto the Lord.
• “And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful” (Colossians 3:15 NKJ).
Thanksgiving to God is simply obedience to His Word. It is not a matter of personal choice or an option. It is not a denominational doctrine either. As a child of God, however, you are called by God to worship Him, to give Him praise, to give Him honor, to exalt Him, to glorify Him and to give Him thanks. It is your duty as a believer to ensure that God and His Word are magnified in your life.
There are many ways to worship and praise the Lord. Thanksgiving is one of them. It is one of the many visible ways of worship given by a believer to the Almighty God. Some believers have difficulties expressing their praise and worship and thanksgiving to the Lord, but on the contrary, however, they have no problem yelling and screaming during a sports game specially if their team is winning. They almost worship their team!
Giving of thanks is an act of faith. You don’t thank God because you feel like doing it, or because you feel blessed. Feeling has nothing to do with thanksgiving. You thank God because of who He is. By giving of thanks to Him, you give God the honor and the worship that is due to Him.
• “But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 15:57 NKJ).
We give thanks to God because there is victory in Christ. Every child of God is fighting the good fight of faith. The apostle Paul calls the fight of faith as “the good fight of faith,” because he knew that we have the victory in Christ. In every fight of faith, we always come out victorious. It is impossible for a believer to lose any fight of faith, because Jesus has already won the fight for us.
It’s true that we face pressures in life, but we are absolutely different from those who have no Christ in their lives. Jesus said in John 16:33, “… In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”
• “Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place” (2 Corinthians 2:14 NKJ).
We give thanks to God because in Christ, God will always lead us to triumph. Jesus said that without him, we cannot do anything. We can only remain triumphant if we remain in Him. There is no real life outside of Christ. You could be the most eloquent, the most refined, the most respected gentleman in the planet, but without Christ, you are just another miserable lost soul.
Many have tried to be 100 percent successful in life but failed. Many have reached the pinnacle of their career but their family is in shambles. Marriage is in wreckage. Others have all the wealth and the power in their arsenal but their lives are in constant dismal agony. They could not free themselves from a perverted lust of sexual immorality. They live the life of schizophrenic. They look good from the outside but on the inside is a decaying soul, rotten in the bondage of sin.
• “Rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving” (Colossians 2:7 NKJ).
One of the many obvious physical manifestations of a believer who is established in faith is the giving of thanks unto the Lord. No matter how bleak the situation is, a believer who is established in the faith knows how to give thanks to God. The “established in the faith” believer does not thank for the problems, not for the persecutions, not for the trials, not for the temptations, not for the lack, and not for sufferings. No! You don’t thank for any of the works of your enemy. You don’t give any iota of glory to the devil. Rather, you give thanks to God because He is able to work mighty favors, provisions, signs, wonders and miracles in order for you to overcome all of the works of the devil.
The established in the faith believer is always giving abounding thanks to God. The established in the faith believer is not in constant agony of crying out for his prayer requests to be answered, but he is always in giving out of abounding thanksgiving. His lips are full of thanksgiving unto the Lord.
• “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done” (Philippians 4:6 NLT).
Worry is an enemy of faith. Therefore, instead of wasting your precious time in worry, why not give thanks instead? Give thanks for all the good things the Lord has done for you. There are so many things the Lord has given us for free, and He deserves to be thanked.