“Oh give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, for His steadfast love endures forever!” (Psalm 107:1). “I will give to the Lord the thanks due to His righteousness, and I will sing praise to the name of the Lord, the Most High”(Psalm 7:17).
This Thanksgiving and at all times let us give thanks to our Creator for who He is, the great things He has done and the wonderful things He plans to do for us. For He has wonderful plans for us, declares the Lord, plans for good and not for evil, plans for peace, well being and prosperity and not for disaster or calamity, to give us a future and a hope (Jeremiah 29:11).
Our God is absolutely good, merciful, just, truth, full of loving kindness and faithful. The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases His mercies never come to an end, they are new every morning, great is His faithfulness (Lamentations 3:22-23). David, a man after God’s own heart describes our God beautifully in Psalm 145.
Psalm 145: 8, 9, 14, 15, 17-20 The Lord is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. The Lord is good to all, and His mercy is over all that He has made. The Lord upholds all who are falling and raises up all who are bowed down. The eyes of all look to you, and you give them their food in due season. The Lord is righteous in all His ways and kind in all His works. The Lord is near to all who call on Him, to all who call on Him in truth. He fulfills the desire of those who fear Him; he also hears their cry and saves them. The Lord preserves all who love Him, but all the wicked He will destroy.
Let us therefore not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:6-7). We serve a big God, the biggest God, the only God, the one, true God, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
Psalm 103:1-5- Bless the Lord, O My Soul
Bless the Lord, O my soul,
and all that is within me,
bless His holy name!
Bless the Lord, O my soul,
and forget not all His benefits,
who forgives all your iniquity,
who heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the pit,
who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,
who satisfies you with good
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
One form of very powerful spiritual warfare is praise, worship and thanksgiving to our wonderful God. Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised, and His greatness is unsearchable (Psalm 145:3).
When things get darker and darker, when the storms of life seems overwhelming, lift up your hands in worship and give Him praise and thanks. Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18). Even if you can’t seem to find anything to be thankful for just thank Him for who He is and what He has done for you like David did in Psalm 143: 4-5 when He said, “So my spirit grows faint within me; my heart within me is dismayed. I remember the days of long ago; I meditate on all your works and consider what your hands have done.
Isaiah 61:3 shows us that to fight against the spirit of heaviness or depression put on your garment of praise and He will give you beauty for ashes and oil of joy for mourning.
Our praise can defeat our enemy and even save us from a bad harvest. It’s easy to give praise, worship and thanksgiving in good times but in the midst of adversity, it is then we really don’t feel like doing it. At this time, in the bad times, that’s when our praise worship and thanksgiving are most powerful and means a lot more. It shows that you are casting all your cares and anxieties on Him because He cares for you (1 Peter 5:7).
Psalm 100:1-5– His Steadfast Love Endures Forever
A Psalm for giving thanks.
Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth!
Serve the Lord with gladness!
Come into His presence with singing!
Know that the Lord, He is God!
It is He who made us, and we are His;
we are His people, and the sheep of His pasture.
Enter His gates with thanksgiving,
and His courts with praise!
Give thanks to Him; bless His name!
For the Lord is good;
His steadfast love endures forever,
and His faithfulness to all generations
Give unto the Lord the glory due to His name; worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness (Psalm 29:2).Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful (Colossians 4:2) and give thanks to the LORD, for he is good His love endures forever (Psalm 136:1). Praise His name in song and glorify Him with thanksgiving (Psalm 69:30). Give thanks to the LORD, with all your heart and tell of all His wonderful deeds (Psalm 9:1).
When others see us giving glory to our God in the midst of trials and tribulations, it ministers to them, and we serve as great examples of our Lord Jesus Christ. They see Jesus in us, and His light fills us and overflows to those around us.
Paul tells us in 1 Thessalonians 5:11 to encourage one another and build one another up. A way of doing this is shown in Ephesians 5:19-20 by speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving, and perform your vows to the Most High (Psalm 50:14). To strengthen your quiet time with God before you pray and read your bible devout some time to praise, worship and thanksgiving, giving our awesome God glory, honor and praise that He so rightly deserves and watch the enemy be defeated, your heaviness lifted and experience joy and peace that surpasses all understanding.
Don’t let your praise, worship and thanksgiving be confined to your quiet time. Through Him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge His name (Hebrews 13:15). It is good to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praises to His name, to declare His steadfast love in the morning, and His faithfulness by night (Psalm 92:1-2).