Thanksgiving and Praise

 

“Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.” Psalm 100:4

Praise and thanksgiving are a couplet designed to allow us honor God for both His blessing and His person. Praise and thanksgiving should never be limited to one day a year. In praise we honor God for who He is and in thanksgiving we express our thanks for the blessing we receive from the hand of God.

In order for us properly express our praise and thanksgiving unto God, we must turn to God’s Word and find the principles of thanksgiving and praise. We find in God’s Word that praise and thanksgiving:

  1. Have for its rightful OBJECT God.
  2. Should be ORAL and OPEN. Our open expressions of thanksgiving and praise to God provide opportunities for others to be encouraged. The Psalmist instructs to sing, shout for joy, extol and laud God. Praise and thanksgiving should be outward expressions that stem from an inner excitement about God and the things of God.
  3. Are voluntary acts of the redeemed but they are acts of OBEDIENCE. All the expressions noted above are put in form of a command. 
  4. Are associated with OBLATION – an offering of sacrifice. “I will offer to thee the sacrifice of thanksgiving, and will call upon the name of the LORD.” [Psalm 116:17] The sacrifices of thanksgiving and praise are acts whereby we forfeit all personal attention and direct give God the glory He rightly deserves.
  5. Are appropriate for all OCCASIONS. ”At all times, in every situation, under every circumstance, before, in and after trials, in bright days of glee, and dark nights of fear. He would never have done praising, because never satisfied that he had done enough; always feeling that he fell short of the Lord's deservings.  Happy is he whose fingers are wedded to his harp.  He who praises God for mercies shall never want a mercy for which to praise. To bless the Lord is never unseasonable.” [Spurgeon]

Praise and thanksgiving not only bring to God the glory He deserves but they also provide a secondary benefit of bringing hope to the worshipper. In 2 Samuel 22 we read David’s Psalm of praise for his deliverance from his enemies. As you read the Psalm you come away realizing the impact upon the writer was one of comfort. It allowed him to focus on his resources in difficult circumstances not his circumstances. He expressed hope [v. 4], acknowledged the source of his strength [v. 8], and recognized that he was never alone for the Lord is at hand [v. 18].  One further benefit was that his thanksgiving and praise protected from any hostility toward God that came from complaints and criticism of God and His ways.

On this Thanksgiving Day and every day “…let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.”  [Hebrews 13:15]


PS: We encourage you to visit our page of Thanksgiving Quotes Here's a sample of our Thanksgiving Quotes:
"I praise God because he not only guides my directions but overrules my mistakes." [H. Norman Pell]

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