• by Rev. Joseph A. Bias

Gratitude and Giving Thanks

“Give thanks unto the Lord, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the people.” 1 Chronicles 16:8

“O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever.”

1 Chronicles 16:34

“By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.” Hebrews 13:15

An attitude of gratitude is the beginning of Thanksgiving. When we are grateful for the things that are so freely given to us, then we are in the right posture to express our gratitude with words, acts and expressions of thanksgiving. In recent days we hear a lot of talk about thanks sharing and that’s ok, but the idea of giving thanks is far more powerful because it proceeds from an awareness that something has first been given to us and its value and worthy are so profound that it compels us to respond from the depths of our hearts.

We’ve all at some time or another experienced a moment (or many moments) when something or someone has so moved us that we can’t wait to let the person know how their act of kindness or compassion or their performance touched us so deeply that we have to tell them what it meant to us. Even if we can’t fully express our gratitude we try

any way we can to convey back to them some measure of what they gave to us.

How much more does God deserve our highest and most passionate thanksgiving and praise for His goodness, love and ultimate sacrifice for us.

The psalmist speaks of the overwhelming joy the people expressed in the their praise and thanksgiving to God when the first temple was completed.

“And they sang together by course in praising and giving thanks unto the Lord; because he is good, for his mercy endureth for ever toward Israel. And all the people shouted with a great shout, when they praised the Lord, because the foundation of the house of the Lord was laid.” Ezra 3:11

“And when the builders laid the foundation of the temple of the Lord, they set the priests in their apparel with trumpets, and the Levites the sons of Asaph with cymbals, to praise the Lord, after the ordinance of David king of Israel.” Ezra 3:10

Now we who have been privileged to be born in this day and time, after the resurrection and ascension of our Lord Jesus Christ, where we can sing to the Lord with great thanksgiving because the Holy Spirit now lives in us and our destiny is glorious indeed. We can choose to let our words be filled with gratitude for His life, given for us, and now living in us. because in Him we are new creations free from sin and death by the law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus.

“Sing unto the Lord, O ye saints of his, and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness.” Psalm 30:4

Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift.” 2 Corinthians 9:15

“We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers…” 1 Thessalonians 1:2

“By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.” Hebrews 13:15

With an attitude of gratitude we remain sensitive to the voice of the Holy Spirit to keep our hearts and hands open to praise and thank the Lord and to be generous and compassionate toward others as God is generous and compassionate toward us.



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