"Your word is a lamp to my feet, and a light to my path." -Psalm 119:105


Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Thanksgiving

"Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise; give thanks to Him and praise His name". -Psalm 100:4

Thanksgiving is a topic mentioned many times in the Bible, in the King James Version alone:
-the word 'thanks' appears 78 times
-the word 'thanksgiving' appears 28 times
-the word 'thank' appears 27 times
-the word 'thanked' appears 3 times
-the word 'thankful' appears 3 times

Giving thanks is a topic that we should not neglect.  Thankfulness is a form of worship, a way of glorifying the Lord through our thanks. 

Unfortunately, however, thanks can be so easy to forget. Take this example, from Luke chapter 17. 

Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him. They stood at a distance and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!”

When he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed.

One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan.

Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?” Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.” -Luke 17:11-19



Thankfulness is a wonderful virtue.  Thankful people have something special about them, something precious that comes from recognizing the many gifts the Lord has lavishly bestowed upon us (Romans 11:9).



"In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven." -Matthew 5:16






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