Giving Thanks

God’s verdict upon the pagan world is that “they are without excuse, because that, when they knew God, they glorified Him not as God, neither were thankful…(Rom. 1:20,21).

The Old Testament Psalmist, on the other hand, declares:

“It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord, and to sing praises unto thy name, o most high: to show forth (expound upon, declaring) thy lovingkindness in the morning. And thy faithfulness every night(Psalm 92:1-2).

Believers today have even more to be thankful for than did the Psalmist of old, for we can rejoice in what God has done for us through Christ and His redeeming Cross-work. Thus Paul, by divine inspiration, speaks of…

Giving thanks unto the father, who hath made us meet [fit] to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom (royal realm) of his dear son” (Col. 1:12-13).

It is because of this “deliverance” that the humblest believer can cry with Paul: “Thanks be unto God, who always causeth us to triumph in Christ!” (2 Cor. 2:14) and “Thanks be to God, who giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ!” (1 Cor. 15:57). How appropriate, then, are the following exhortations:

In everything give thanks(1 Thes. 5:18) and “By [Christ], therefore, let us offer the sacrifice of praise… giving thanks to His name (‘Jesus,’ means Savior) (Heb. 13:15).

“For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God” (2 Cor. 4:15).

Our heart of “Thanksgiving” is what glorifies the Lordnot our church attendance, our good works, our participation in rituals, rites, or any such thing we may “do” for God or to please God.

Most of all, “Thanks Be Unto God For His Unspeakable Gift,” our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! (2 Cor. 9:15).