“Now, our God, we give you thanks and praise Your glorious name” (1 Chronicles 19:13).
In the Old Testament, thank offerings were given in gratitude for deliverance from sickness, trouble or death, or for a blessing received. Often, these thank offerings were accompanied by an animal sacrifice, prayer and expression of praise: “I will sacrifice a thank offering to you and call on the name of the Lord” (Psalm 116:17).
Today, as New Testament believers, our thank offerings have taken a different form:
God’s Word gives us so many reasons to give thanks that it should never be difficult to honor the Lord with continuous praise and thanksgiving. During this time of year, when we focus specifically upon giving thanks for our blessings and for God’s incredible goodness to us, we want to encourage you to begin or maintain a “continuous lifestyle of thanksgiving.”
“Let us come before Him with Thanksgiving…” (Psalm 95:2).
Take some time to meditate on these Scriptures and give thanks to God:
Psalm 30:11-12 – I give thanks to You for turning my mourning into dancing! –
Psalm 118:21 – I thank You because You answered my prayers, and because You have become my salvation.
Psalm 119:62 – Because of Your righteous laws, I am thankful.
I Chronicles 16:34 – Father, I will give thanks to You because You are good!
I Chronicles 16:41 – Lord, I give thanks to You because Your love endures forever!
Psalm 7:17 – I give thanks to You because of Your righteousness.
Psalm 56:12-13 – I thank You because You have delivered me from death and kept my feet from stumbling that I may walk before God in the light of life.
Psalm 75:1 – I thank You because Your Name is near.
Psalm 100:4-5 – I give You thanks because Your faithfulness continues through all generations.
Psalm 107:8, 15, 21, 31 – I thank You for Your unfailing love and Your wonderful deeds for men.
Psalm 107:9 – Thank You because You satisfy the thirsty and fill the hungry with good things.
Psalm 136:4-9 – I give thanks to You who alone does great wonders. By Your understanding You made the heavens, spread out the earth upon the waters and made the great lights – sun to govern the day, the moon and stars to govern the night.
I Corinthians 15:57 – I thank You because it is You who gives the victory through my Lord Jesus Christ.
2 Corinthians 2:4 – I thank you because You always lead me in triumphal procession in Christ and through me You spread everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of Him.
2 Corinthians 9:15 – Thank You for Your Indescribable Gift.
Ephesians 5:20 – I give thanks for everything in your name, Lord Jesus Christ.
Colossians 1:12-14 – I give thanks to You, Father, because you have qualified me to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light. You have rescued me from the dominion of darkness and brought me into the kingdom of the Son You love, in whom I have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
Revelation 4:9 – I give thanks to the Holy One who sits on the throne and who lives for ever and ever.
Revelation 11:17 – I give thanks to You, Lord God Almighty, because You are the One who is and who was, and You have taken Your great power and have begun to reign.
“Give thanks to the Lord, call on His name, make known among the nations what He has done” (Psalm 105:1)!
When you receive a blessing, or a specific answer to prayer, don’t keep it to yourself. Others need to hear about it. Christians need to hear so that they can be encouraged. The unsaved need to hear so that they can have an opportunity to witness the living and active Christ Jesus.
Sharing the reasons for your thankful heart in all of the circumstances of your life can often be the most powerful and effective witness you could ever give. When others are curious about your response to certain situations, whether blessings or difficulties, TELL THEM and SHOW THEM. Thanksgiving is powerful evangelism.
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