In Psalms 100:1-4 we read, “Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands. (2) Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing. (3) Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. (4) Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.” (5) For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.” Studying the scriptures, one thought stands out nearly above all others, and that is the fact that God desires His people to be filled with thanksgiving and to have a thankful heart.
Thankfulness must accompany our testimony: In Psalms 26:7 we read, “That I may publish with the voice of thanksgiving, and tell of all thy wondrous works.”
Thankfulness must accompany payment of our vows: Psalms 50:14 tells us, “Offer unto God thanksgiving; and pay thy vows unto the most High:”
Thankfulness must accompany our singing praises unto God: In Psalm 69:30-31 we read, “I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify him with thanksgiving. (31) This also shall please the LORD better than an ox or bullock that hath horns and hoofs.”
Thankfulness must accompany our going to worship God: Psalms 100:4 read, “Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.”
Thanksgiving must accompany prayer: Psalms 116:17 reads, “I will offer to thee the sacrifice of thanksgiving, and will call upon the name of the LORD.”
Thanksgiving must accompany praise: In Psalms 147:7 we read, “Sing unto the LORD with thanksgiving; sing praise upon the harp unto our God:”
Thanks, O God, for boundless mercy from Thy gracious throne above;
thanks for ev'ry need provided from the fullness of Thy love!
Thanks for daily toil and labor and for rest when shadows fall;
thanks for love of friend and neighbor and Thy goodness unto all!
Thanks for thorns as well as roses; thanks for weakness and for health;
thanks for clouds as well as sunshine; thanks for poverty and wealth!
Thanks for pain as well as pleasure-all thou sendest day by day;
and Thy Word, our dearest treasure, shedding light upon our way.
Thanks, O God, for home and fireside, here we share our daily bread;
thanks for hours of sweet communion, when by Thee our souls are fed!
Thanks for grace in time of sorrow and for joy and peace in Thee;
thanks for hope today, tomorrow, and for all eternity!
Turn to Psalm 150 and observe the words in verse 1-6 as I read them. “Praise ye the LORD. Praise God in his sanctuary: praise him in the firmament of his power.(2) Praise him for his mighty acts: praise him according to his excellent greatness. (3) Praise him with the sound of the trumpet: praise him with the psaltery and harp. (4) Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs. (5) Praise him upon the loud cymbals: praise him upon the high sounding cymbals. (6) Let everything that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD.”
In His Amazing Grace,
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