Giving Thanks

Many reasons to give thanks.

A husband had a habit of grumbling about the food his wife prepared for meals. He would grumble, then offer a prayer of thanksgiving. His pattern of grumbling then thanking was the same every day.

One day his young daughter asked, “Dad, does God hear our prayers?”

“Why yes,” the father replied.

The daughter continued, “Does God hear everything else we say?”

“Of course,” the dad said. He was bubbling with pride because he had inspired his child to ask spiritual questions.

His pride quickly turned to embarrassment and humility when the daughter asked, “Well, which one does he believe: your grumbling or thanksgiving?”

Blessings can come in all shapes and sizes, and Psalm 136 encourages us to give thanks to the Lord for all that he has done for us.

Verses 1-3 say, “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good. His faithful love endures forever. Give thanks to the God of gods. His faithful love endures forever. Give thanks to the Lord of lords. His faithful love endures forever.”

The Psalmist gives us some reasons to give thanks.

  • Give thanks for the mighty miracles God performs.
  • Give thanks for the beautiful creation surrounding us.
  • Give thanks to him for the freedom he brings.
  • Give thanks to him for the provisions he provides.
  • Give thanks to him for his past actions.
  • Give thanks to him for his present grace.
  • Give thanks to him for his grace and love. We are reminded 26 times the Lord’s faithful love endures forever.

With current events, it is easy to forget how many times we have been blessed, yet there is much for which we can be thankful.

Helen Keller said, “So much has been given to me that I have no time to ponder that which I don’t have.” There are many reasons we have to be grateful. Take time today to thank God for 10 of your blessings.

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Should we give thanks?

Psalm 92 reminds us it is good to give thanks.

Look around, and it is easy to find circumstances causing anxiety and fear. They seem to be everywhere; anxiety and fear seem to live on every street and lurk around every corner. It is easy to be consumed by circumstances.

Psalm 92 recommends we counterbalance our looks with thanksgiving.

“It is good to praise the Lord and make music to your name, O Most High. Proclaiming your love in the morning and your faithfulness at night,” writes the Psalmist in verses 1-2.

Verses 4-5 go on, “For you make me glad by your deeds Lord; I sing for joy at what your hands have done. How great are your works Lord, how profound your thoughts?”

As we look around finding anxious and fearful circumstances, we can also find the marvelous work of the Lord.

  • The beauty and complexity of creation.
  • The Lord’s work in our own lives.
  • The promises we find in Scripture.

As we look around, it seems we have much for which to be thankful. We can awake each day assured of God’s love and go to bed each night thankful for his protection that day. It is good to give thanks.

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