And Be Thankful

by Scarlett Stough

For the Scripture References and related Bible Study Guide, go to Bible Study Guide: Giving Thanks.

Be thankful (Colossians 3:15b)—a simple command, yet we often neglect to acknowledge the good we enjoy. We all like to have our efforts appreciated. We feel so much happier when we do show gratitude in even the small services others do for us. Our children are happier when we compliment them on their progress or their behavior. We are all more motivated by appreciation than we are by criticism.

Gratitude builds relationships; the lack of it weakens relationships.

King David assigned a group of Levites "to make petition, to give thanks, and to praise the LORD, the God of Israel" before the ark of the Lord and to use musical instruments regularly (1 Chronicles 16.)

Paul admonished the church at Colossae to "sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him (Colossians 3:16-17.)"

We don't have to wait for a formal church service to express gratitude in these ways. You don't have to have perfect pitch or a pleasant or powerful singing voice to sing while doing the dishes or gardening or changing the oil in the car. You don’t even have to remember the words of a particular hymn; make up your own. God takes delight in the worship we do in private from the heart. Remembering to be grateful, especially when we are suffering, strengthens our faith and resolve to remain faithful through difficult circumstances. We don’t even have to "feel" thankful to offer thanks. Everyone can give thanks for something; once we start listing them, we find more of them.

Sacrifice thank offerings to God, fulfill your vows to the Most High, and call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor me.
Psalm 50:14-15

It is good to thank the people in our lives and have a general attitude of gratitude, but God ought to be thanked as well. God deserves our gratitude. He is the source of life. He is always approachable by those who fear, trust and obey him.

Volume 12 Issue 9 | Notes from Nancy | Women in Christ Commentary | Bible Study Guide | Abundance of the Heart | Exhortation

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