Come unto him with praise and thanksgiving
Imagine being a parent. You wake up in the morning to see your children walking out on you, going about their business without any form of acknowledgment or greeting. Definitely, you will feel unappreciated that despite your sacrifices towards their upbringing, they still behave in this deplorable manner. This is an apt illustration of human ungratefulness to God. O COME, let us sing unto the Lord: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation (Psalm 95:2). These are the beloved of God calling out to each other to sing, worship and reference Him in His magnificence and splendour. Man’s existence is not by accident, science of evolution or whatever nonsense the world will have you believe. Rather, it is a divinely orchestrated process by God Himself. It is a miracle, which must be continuously appreciated. Regardless of your wealth, life cannot be bought nor negotiated. Therefore, as long as you breathe, you have the most priceless and invaluable gift ever, and a valid reason to offer Him gratitude.
A local proverb says a child who appreciates the good deed of yesterday is poised to receive another. This is a universally true assertion, even with God. An appreciative heart will never lack blessings. It is common to see entertainers sing the praise of wealthy individuals, either to coerce them for gratification or just to reverence them. Either way, these wealthy individuals end up paying back in cash and kind. Such is the after effect of praise and thanksgiving.
When you arrive God’s sanctuary, keep your worries behind, and put your mind at rest. Whatever your dilemma, present it before Him, but first with praise and thanks, which the key that unlocks the door of solutions to all we seek and pray for (Philippians 4:6-7). We must always radiate cheerfulness, not minding our present predicament (1Thesssalonians 5:18). Present unto Him a heart that is joyful, a mouth of songs, and legs of dancing (Psalm 100:4). In the process, God’s blessings will be upon your and He will grant any supplication you ask of Him.
(2 Chronicles 20:21-26) gives an example of the great effect of thanksgiving.
When the efficacy of casting and binding wanes, open your mouth in thanksgiving. Prayers will get you noticed by God, but thanksgiving will get you His unalloyed attention and move His hand, which will result in endless outpour of answers to requests and blessings.
Beloved, in happy times, give thanks and in sad times, give thanks also. Whatever the situation, however enormous the problem or dire the circumstance, it isn’t beyond the power of praise.
Praise Him in the morning and praise Him in the night. Thank Him for everything and anything, and watch His blessings cascade on you.
Have a great week. God bless.
Fellowship with us at The Saint’s Gospel Church of Christ, Hand of fire Bus stop, Shadow Tabernacle Close, Ikotun/Igando, Road, Lagos.
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