Giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Ephesians 5:2
Much has transpired since Thanksgiving Day last year in our nation and in our world. Yet, in the midst of it all God calls us over and over again to be a person who gives “thanks always for all things” and “to enter into His gates (His presence) with thanksgiving” and to “Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.” Eph. 5:20, Psalm 100:2,4
The question is “Are you giving thanks?” Are you thankful to Him, because you know HIs name – His nature and His character? Or, are you quicker to vent criticisms and disappointments? What would happen if you began to use these two simple words “Thank-You” throughout your day, recognizing that “He is God”?
A couple of years ago Wes Gorospe, Camarillo Healing Rooms’ leader of worship, was sitting in church listening to a guest speaker who declared that King David hired 4,000 musicians to thank God, citing 1 Chronicles 23:5. (Imagine that! 4,000 musician thanking and praising God!) From that point on, Wes did not hear anything else the speaker said. All Wes could think about was “Thank-You!” Shortly after that, Wes wrote a song entitled “Thank-You”, coupling it with indelible “Thank-You” photos. I encourage you to not only listen to this song, but to put the lyrics in your heart and upon your lips this Thanksgiving and every day of your life. What are the lyrics? Two simple words “Thank-You”!
What would happen if you began to use these two simple words “Thank-You” throughout your day?
Start your day off with singing “Thank-You,” remembering Jesus, the One Who daily loads you with benefits that far outweigh anything this world can offer. (Ps. 68:19) Allow your mind, will, and emotions to be deeply impacted by who Jesus Christ is and what He has provided for you through the work of the cross. These benefits include the forgiveness of all your sins, the healing of all your diseases, the redemption of your life from destruction, the crowning of your life with lovingkindness and tender mercies, and the satisfying of your mouth with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagles. (Psalm 103:3-5)
As you choose to believe and live in the superior reality of these Truths, sing “Thank-You” to the One Who created you and longs to hear your voice. As you do this, guess what will happen? Not only will you become a thankful person, but your confidence in God will grow and you will begin to experience more of God’s love and grace deep within your heart.
As I close, take a moment to say, “Thank-You, Father! Thank-You for Jesus! Thank-You for the Holy Spirit! Thank-you for your love!”