Deu 8:10 When thou hast eaten and art full, then thou shalt bless the LORD thy God for the good land which he hath given thee.
Deu 8:11 Beware that thou forget not the LORD thy God, in not keeping his commandments, and his judgments, and his statutes, which I command thee this day:
Deu 8:12 Lest when thou hast eaten and art full, and hast built goodly houses, and dwelt therein;
Deu 8:13 And when thy herds and thy flocks multiply, and thy silver and thy gold is multiplied, and all that thou hast is multiplied;
Deu 8:14 Then thine heart be lifted up, and thou forget the LORD thy God, which brought thee forth out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage;
Deu 8:15 Who led thee through that great and terrible wilderness, wherein werefiery serpents, and scorpions, and drought, where there was no water; who brought thee forth water out of the rock of flint;
Deu 8:16 Who fed thee in the wilderness with manna, which thy fathers knew not, that he might humble thee, and that he might prove thee, to do thee good at thy latter end;
Deu 8:17 And thou say in thine heart, My power and the might of mine hand hath gotten me this wealth.
Deu 8:18 But thou shalt remember the LORD thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant which he sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day.
Deu 8:19 And it shall be, if thou do at all forget the LORD thy God, and walk after other gods, and serve them, and worship them, I testify against you this day that ye shall surely perish.
I don’t know about you, but I am thankful to be thankful. And I am thankful that you are thankful. I will open the door of my mouth to be thankful. When we are really thankful, we remember all that Jehovah had done for us. We affirm our faith in God who has given us all things to enjoy.
We owe him the debts of gratitude for bountiful blessings; for Protection, Provision, Divine direction and also for Justification.
We all hear from time to time humorous stories about people who, in a moment of frightful crisis, will make extravagant promises to God, and when the crisis has subsided, they reduce their level of commitment significantly!
A man in Asia was badly caught in a terrible and life threatening storm. He promised God a sacrifice of 20 Oxens if he survived. And God heard his prayers. As the storm subsided, he thought: ” why be so foolish to give oxens? Why not nuts instead?” On the way to the church to offer the nuts, he became hungry and ate the nuts. He ended up offering the shells as his sacrifice !
How about you? are you thanking God for nothing ? Don’t forget the Lord your God; the Angels in heaven are singing his praise. The 24 elders are casting their crowns before him. How about you?
Izaak Walton once said “God has 2 dwellings, one in heaven and the other one in a meek and thankful heart”. How do you find the way to thanksgiving and thankful living ? You need to focus on the presence of God to open the door for thanksgiving to take place in your life. You need to yield your heart completely to God to open the door for real thanksgiving to take place in your life
You need to be aware of the needs of others around you to appreciate that getting to where you are today is not by might. Psa 103:10 He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.
Bless the Lord, O My Soul, O my soul, O my soul, Worship his holy name… sings Matt Redman. Like Matt will you join King David too to sing praises to God ?
Psa 103:1 Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.
Psa 103:2 Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:
Psa 103:3 Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;
Psa 103:4 Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;
Psa 103:5 Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s
With every breath in us is to be full of thanksgiving, We are to bless the Lord with everything that is in us. Our mind, imagination, body, soul and spirit. King David urged us to give a concrete expression of gratitude. When someone shows us unexpected kindness, we do write a note of appreciation or bake a cake or give them something special. For the same reason; we bring an offering to God too to say thank you. Don’t give God nuts, Don’t give God shells, remember the Asian guy in the storms?