30 Days of Thanks & Praise! Day #30 - Thanks, Should Be a Way of Life (Psalm 95:1–3)
Thanks, Should Be a Way of Life (Psalm 95:1–3)
Psalm 95:1–3, “O come, let us sing unto the Lord: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation. Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms. For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods.”
This psalm is a psalm of thanksgiving and rejoicing for the many merciful blessings of God upon man. It is a psalm of encouragement to the saints and exaltation for the Saviour. The benefits of the Lord are indeed great and marvelous, and it would be an act of ingratitude not to remember and appreciate them. As Christians, we have so much to be thankful for. As we read the Bible, we see many reminders to God’s people to appreciate and give thanks for what they have received.
Why do we need so many reminders? We tend to forget God's blessings rather quickly. We need to remember them, or we will not praise God for them. Forgetting them often leads to complaining that God does not bless us or do anything good for us. Offering thanks and praise to God should not just be one day in November, but on every day of the year. We have ample and abundant reasons to give thanks to our loving Heavenly Father. Do not wait for special occasions to express our gratitude. Saying “thank you“ should be an everyday occurrence.
A grateful heart is shown through grateful lips. A person who is truly thankful cannot help but to express it. Our lives should be filled with constant praise day after day, not just on a certain single day set aside each year. It is foolish to think that failing to be thankful will not impact our lives in many negative ways. After years of being a Christian, we risk taking the most wonderful gift for granted and losing the joy of our salvation. The antidote to prevent this loss is gratitude. The simple act of expressing thanks for what was freely given to us protects us against ingratitude because it reminds us that when our words and our songs are filled with gratitude, our hearts will be fixed on God as they should be. Giving thanks to God regularly for the gift of salvation helps keep our love for Him fresh and new. First, that salvation was a gift, not because of anything we have done or can do. Second, that it is a gift beyond description.
God is good to us all the time and our thanks should be equal to His blessings and benefits.
1. You Can Be Thankful That “God Loves You”.
I John 3:1, “Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God.” John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” God has expressed and demonstrated His boundless love by sending His Son, Jesus, to earth so that we could have a personal relationship with Him.
2. You Can Be Thankful That “Jesus Died for You”.
I John 4:10, “Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.” Romans 5:8, “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Jesus died on the cross to pay for the sin of every person who has ever lived. That means He died on the cross for you and for me.
3. You Can Be Thankful That “Salvation Is Offered to You”,
Colossians 1:14, “In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins…” Salvation means that my sins are forgiven and that I am redeemed from the debt of sin I owed. John 1:12, “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name…” Salvation means that I have a relationship with God. I am no longer His enemy; I am His child. Romans 10:9–10, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” To receive the offer of salvation I am told by the Bible to sincerely believe and simply receive that Jesus is God’s Son and that He alone can save me. I cannot save myself.
4. You Can Be Thankful That “Heaven Is Waiting for You”.
John 14:1–4, “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.”
Jesus went on to say, “I am the way, the truth, and the life no man cometh unto the Father but by me.” You can know right now that you are saved—that you are born again. You can know that your sins are forgiven and that you have peace with God the Father. You can know that you are a child of God and that you have an eternal home in Heaven. But, the only way to know you are saved is to know Jesus as your Saviour. Now, that is something to be thankful for!
I trust that throughout our lives we will continue every day to give God glory, praise, and worship with a spirit of thanksgiving. Let’s not wait for one day a year to share our thanksgiving. Praise Him daily! He is worthy, and we are blessed to be able to come into the presence of our great God and King as one of His children. Set aside time today (and every day) to give thanks for all that God has freely given to you.
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