Psalm 105: 1- 5 “O give thanks unto the LORD; call upon his name: make known his deeds among the people. Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him: talk ye of all his wondrous works. Glory ye in his holy name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek the LORD. Seek the LORD, and his strength: seek his face evermore. Remember his marvellous works that he hath done; his wonders, and the judgments of his mouth;
Thanksgiving is a basic attribute of the Christian lifestyle. It is a prerequisite for approaching God. For a Christian, it is not just an act of gratitude, it is an art. Let us look at some benefits of giving thanks.
- It is demanded from God. In the Lord says in Deuteronomy 6: 13, “Thou shalt fear the LORD thy God, and serve him…” And Jesus translated this same verse in Matthew 4:10: “… for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.” If God is your God and father, you cannot but heed to His demand. God demands our worship and indeed, deserves it because of all that he is to us and all that He does through, to and for us.
- It is a proof of your faith. Thankfulness is a sign that you KNOW that God has heard and has granted your petition. It is a sign that you are a man of faith. It is recorded concerning Abraham in Romans 4: 20 that he “… staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God;” Thanksgiving is what a man does because he is confident that he will not be disappointed.
- It is a vital part of any worship service. Church will be so dry if we do not pray the prayers of thanksgiving and follow it up by singing and dancing to the glory of God. It is an aspect of the worship service that sets the tone for the service and it is a part of the service that kick starts the miraculous move of God in the lives and situations of His people.
- It is a proof of your humility. Thanksgiving proves that you are humble. It shows that you acknowledge that you couldn’t have achieved what you have, without God. you truly and sincerely thank only those who have done for you what you couldn’t do for yourself but needed to be done badly.
- It provokes or precedes or is a foundation for further miracles. In spite of the many and seemingly more qualified people who were qualified for the throne, God chose Solomon and Solomon in appreciation gave the Lord a thousand burnt offerings and that became the foundation for God to surprise him with a blank cheque of “tell me what I should do for you.” Ten lepers were healed but only one came to give thanks and only he was made whole. While the nine became ex-lepers, the thanksgiver was not just healed but made WHOLE. All the leprous signs had gone. His thanksgiving perfected his divine intervention.
- It purifies you from the guilt of ingratitude. How would you feel if you saw someone who had done you so much good and yet for one reason or the other, you forgot to thank him? Guilty, I guess. When you give thanks, you prove that you are a grateful person.
- It grants direction. Every time a difficult case presented itself before Jesus, he first gives thanks. He did not pray about feeding the four and five thousand. He just gave thanks and then got the direction to ask the people to sit before sharing the food. He thanked God before asking Lazarus to come out.
- It is a prequalification for God’s use of a man. God can never use complainers and grumblers. If you do not develop a joyful and thankful disposition, God will never make use of you.
- It keeps you focused on the mightiness of your God instead of the greatness of your challenge. The more you give thanks, the more you defocus on the problem to set your gaze on God and the more you are in tune with God, the more the you enjoy divine encounters.
- It draws you closer into God’s enclave. Thanksgiving endears you to the heart of God. it makes you to have access to his heart of hearts.
- It guarantees divine security, fruitfulness and longevity. When Michal, the daughter of Saul, and wife of David despised her husband for being an unreserved worshiper, God ensured that she became barren lest she produces children who would follow in her stead. She remains the only bible woman who never had her own child. David enjoyed divine security for being a worshipper.
- It turns you into a mystery. Thanksgiving makes you into a wonder. People will not be able to know why you can laugh at the storm. They will not be able o explain your blessings. Psalm 71:7 says “I am as a wonder unto many; but thou art my strong refuge.” You become so unpredictable because God keeps you and makes evil pass over you and even when things seem to go bad, you have enough strength to go through the same thing that kills others.
Beloved, we owe God our thanksgiving. Praise Him with your voice. Praise Him with your service. Praise Him and endow Him with all that you are and with all that you have. Make it your life style and God will make victory your lifelong experience in Jesus name.