How To Give Thanks
How to Give Thanks To God
Psalm 150:6 – Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord.
There different ways we can show gratitude and give thanks to the Lord. Today I will highlight some of the ways we can do that.
Verbal appreciation – Hebrews 13:15 – Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name. We are admonished by scriptures to vocalise our gratitude to God. So a non expressive gratitude is no gratitude at all. So use the words that proceed from your lips to thank Him. Never be ashamed to sing to and for God. Even though I am not the best singer, I sing to God everyday to express my gratitude to Him. You are not in singing competition and God is not going to judge for being out of key, so sing praises to Him.
Giving your resources to the work of God – 2 Corinthians 8:5 They did more than we expected. First they gave themselves to the Lord. Then they gave themselves to us in keeping with what God wanted.
1 Chronicles 29: 2-5 Now for the house of my God I have prepared with all my might: gold for things to be made of gold, silver for things of silver, bronze for things of bronze, iron for things of iron, wood for things of wood, onyx stones, stones to be set, glistening stones of various colors, all kinds of precious stones, and marble slabs in abundance. Moreover, because I have set my affection on the house of my God, I have given to the house of my God, over and above all that I have prepared for the holy house, my own special treasure of gold and silver: three thousand talents of gold, of the gold of Ophir, and seven thousand talents of refined silver, to overlay the walls of the houses; the gold for things of gold and the silver for things of silver, and for all kinds of work to be done by the hands of craftsmen. Who then is willing to consecrate himself this day to the Lord?”.
One of the major ways of showing gratitude is through giving gift or reciprocating with another favour. A lot of people take things for granted and believe when someone does them good it is their entitlement. That kind of attitude robs would rob you of further opportunities with man and God. God commanded us in his word that tithe of everything he gives us we should bring back to him to show our gratitude and proof to him that we have not forgotten our source of blessing. I also encourage you to volunteer for the work of God and serve. Give your time, money and talent towards the furtherance of the gospel. Remember faith without works is dead so show your appreciation.
Pay it forward, make happen for others what God has made happen for you – Luke 19: 5 -10And when Jesus came to the place, He looked up and saw him, and said to him, “Zacchaeus, make haste and come down, for today I must stay at your house.” So he made haste and came down, and received Him joyfully. But when they saw it, they all complained, saying, “He has gone to be a guest with a man who is a sinner.” Then Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord, I give half of my goods to the poor; and if I have taken anything from anyone by false accusation, I restore fourfold.” And Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because he also is a son of Abraham; for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.”
Mathew 5:16– Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.
Another was to show gratitude to God is by being a channel of blessing to other people. I call it giving forward and sharing the blessing with others. God gave you a hand up so do likewise and they would give thanks to God because of you.
Tell others about it – Psalm 34:1 – I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.
1 Corinthians 9:6 – For if I preach the gospel, I have nothing to boast of, for necessity is laid upon me; yes, woe is me if I do not preach the gospel!
Another way to show gratitude to God is by spreading the news about his goodness. One of the things we are to do unceasing is thanks giving. Thanksgiving is an heavenly culture adopted on earth, to bring heaven into operation on earth. So tell the world about the goodness of God and show him how grateful you are.
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Personal declaration for the day:
I will be God’s mouth piece and spread the news of His goodness.
Questions or you to reflect on:
How do you show your gratitude to God?