When we thank God, our gratitude blesses us and those around us. We share our faith, love, and trust in Him. How do you remember to thank God?
Psalm 107:8-9 (NIV)
Let them give thanks to the LORD for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind,for he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.
“Thank you.” Simple words that are often spoken. But, when the words are heartfelt in their delivery, the impact on the heart of the receiver is significant. When we are thanked, we are noticed. When we are thanked, we are appreciated. When we are thanked, we are acknowledged. The simple receiving of sincere thanks warms the heart. What about God? Does He need our thanks? Is He more complete when we give Him thanks? No. With God it does not work that way. God is complete in Himself. He doesn’t NEED anything. Even our giving thanks to God is more for us than Him. We need to thank Him. We need to appreciate Him. We need to acknowledge Him. It does our heart good to recognize who is doing the work and who deserves the thanks. Giving thanks to God honors Him and enriches us.
We can learn how to give thanks to God from the book of Psalms. As noted above in Psalm 107:8-9, notice what the psalmist gives thanks to God for:
1. Thank God for who He is.
“Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love.” God is a God of love. As stated, His love is unfailing, unfaltering, so faithful. That is God’s character. He is a God who loves. That’s who He is. We need to thank God for who He is. His very nature is worthy of praise and honor and thanks.
2. Thank God for what He has done.
“Let us give thanks to the Lord for… his wonderful deeds for mankind.” God’s deeds are awesome and mighty. His works are incomparable and unmatched. His actions are always right and always best. God deserves our thanks for what He has done. If you started to list the things God has done for you, how long would that list be? From every blessing to every item to every person to every breath, you have what you have because God has made it happen.
3. Thank God for caring for your needs.
“For he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.” God is a God who provides. He meets our needs and delivers everything that we need in the perfect timing of when we need it. And He provides the “good things” for us. He does not have to, but He chooses to. Our thirst is quenched because of what God has given us. Our hunger is fed because of what God provides. Our needs are met because of what God makes happen. From the clothes we wear to the cars we drive to the homes we inhabit to the food we eat, everything we have comes from the Lord. “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows” (James 1:17, NIV). God is the one who deserves the thanks for the things in our lives. Every gift comes from Him.
For the one giving thanks to God, the “Thank You” seems trite and less than what needs to be said or done. Yet, any effort to do more comes across as trying to repay that which can never be repaid. So, we must settle for the simple and sincere “Thank You.” God deserves that. You need to give that. Let us give thanks to the one from whom all blessings flow.
Thank you. Thank you for the ultimate gift of Jesus for my salvation. Thank you for the forgiveness that is found in Christ. Thank you for the things that you have poured into my life. Thank you for the trials that grow me and the faith that sustains me. Thank you for being God, for loving me, and for caring for me. Oh God, thank you. Amen