30 Days of Thanks & Praise! Day #21 - When Thanks-Giving Becomes Thanks-Living (Psalm 103)
When Thanks-Giving Becomes Thanks-Living (Psalm 103)
One of the most obvious Bible verses related to the matter of thanksgiving is I Thessalonians 5:18, “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” Also, let’s look at Psalm 103:1-2, “Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits.”David sought to stir up his inner man to praise the Lord. The word “bless” means “to kneel in praise and adoration.” It’s a call for the soul to give adoration, praise, and worship to a worthy God. We are living in a day when there truly is a drought of praise among the people of God. We would be wise to stir up our own souls to praise the Lord! David warned of the dangers of “forgetting” the “benefits” of the Lord in his life. The word “forget” refers to “a lapse of memory that can cause one to wander”. When we forget what we have in Jesus and who we are in Jesus, there is the danger that might wander away from Him. Praising the Lord keeps us compassionate, clean, and close!
1. Our Saviour.
The things revealed here are causes for thankfulness at all times.)
B. His Assisting Presence - Hebrews 13:6. The word "helper" has the idea that when we are in need, the Lord is always with us. He is our Comforter - John 14:16.
C. His Anchoring Presence - Hebrews 13:8. What He was then is what He is now! One of our greatest sources of thanksgiving is in the truth that Jesus never changes! From before creation on into eternity, Jesus has never, and will never change! He is still "I AM!" He still possesses all power in heaven and earth (Matthew 28:18). We can always be thankful for our Saviour!
David identified eight spiritual reasons that should encourage our hearts to offer God thanksgiving and praise, not just in November, but on every day of the year.
God’s Forgiveness. Psalm 103:3a. In Him, all sin is gone! (I John 1:7; Colossians 2:13-14; Ephesians 1:7)
God’s Healing. Psalm 103:3b. In Him, the soul is made whole! (Psalm 107:1-22)
God’s Redemption. Psalm 103:4a. In Him, we stand redeemed! (Revelation 5:9; Galatians 4:5; I Peter 1:18-19)
God’s Grace. Psalm 103:4b. In Him, we have received grace, mercy, compassion, salvation, and eternal blessings, Psalm 103:8-18!
God’s Peace. Psalm 103:5. In Him, we have been given spiritual satisfaction, and sufficient strength for the journey. (II Corinthians 12:9; Isaiah 41:10; Philippians 4:13; Colossians 1:11)
God’s Intercession. Psalm 103:6. In Him, we have One Who pleads our case! (Romans 8:34; Hebrews 7:25; I John 2:2)
God’s Revelation. Psalm 103:7. In Him, FRIEND - we can know Him, Fellowship with Him and Follow Him!
God’s Sovereignty. Psalm 103:19. In Him, we can rest in His control of all things! (Romans 8:28; Psalm 37:23; Job 23:10)
2. Our Salvation.
A. The Price of It. Hebrews 13:9.
We can thank God that salvation is given without cost to us, Isaiah 55:1; Revelation 22:17. Our salvation cost God the life of His Son (John 3:16).
B. The Pain of It. Hebrews 13:12. For us the price was free, for God, the price was unimaginable! His death on the cross is what provided salvation for us!
We have only scratched the surface of His blessings! Take a close look at the real blessings of the Lord! Let us be thankful for all the things He gives us. Let us not take them for granted. But let us learn to be more thankful for those things which we can never lose! Our thanksgiving and our praise ought to be in direct proportion to our blessings. Are they? This would be a great time for God’s people to stir up the inner man and call on our soul to “bless the Lord”. It would be a great time to take a spiritual inventory and thank Him for everything He has done for you in Jesus!
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