Be Ye ThankfulBro. David Chancellor
11/19/2006 6:00 PM
Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness. And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.
"… and be ye thankful …" Gratitude should be a part of the life of every child of God. If the qualities mentioned here are in our lives it is because of what God has done.
Therefore thou shalt keep the commandments of the Lord thy God, to walk in his ways, and to fear him. For the Lord thy God bringeth thee into a good land, a land of brooks of water, of fountains and depths that spring out of valleys and hills; A land of wheat and barley, and vines, and fig trees, and pomegranates; a land of oil olive, and honey; A land wherein thou shalt eat bread without scarceness, thou shalt not lack any thing in it; a land whose stones are iron, and out of whose hills thou mayest dig brass. When thou hast eaten and art full, then thou shalt bless the Lord thy God for the land which he hath given thee. Beware that thou forget not the Lord thy God, in not keeping his commandments, and his judgments, and his statutes, which I command thee this day: Lest when thou hast eaten and art full, and hast built goodly houses, and dwelt therein; And when thy herds and thy flocks multiply, and thy silver and thy gold is multiplied, and all that thou hast is multiplied; Then thine heart be lifted up, and thou forget the Lord thy God, which brought thee forth out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage; Who led thee through that great and terrible wilderness, wherein were fiery serpents, and scorpions, and drought, where there was no water: who brought thee forth water out of the rock of flint: Who fed thee in the wilderness with manna, which thy fathers knew not, that he might humble thee, and that he might prove thee, to do thee good at thy latter end; And thou say in thy heart, My power and the might of mine hand hath gotten me this wealth. But thou shalt remember the Lord thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant which he sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day.
They were going to a good land. God has put us in a good land. We enjoy the same kind of blessings that are mentioned here. We need to be appreciative of what God has given us. We don’t want to forget God in our blessings. There have been times of trouble here before and it could happen again. People suffered through the depression and dust bowl days. We could face such things again. We need to remember God and all he has provided to us. Remember where the goodness came from. Thankfulness of heart includes humbleness. We enjoy what we enjoy because of God’s blessings.
Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands. Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing. Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.
God made us. We didn’t make ourselves. We’re not "self-made" people. We’re dependent on God. He opens doors and directs our paths. This is his goodness to us. It is good for us to talk about his goodness to us.
Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men! And let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving, and declare his works with rejoicing.
We need to praise God for his goodness. He’s still looking after his people.
There are some things that are duty, and we should be faithful to these things. Not all the sacrifices of the Old Testament were a duty, though. The peace offerings were a sacrifice they could give when something rose up within. Thanksgiving is worship, not a duty. It should be given when something rises up within you. Worship is an attitude, a feeling we have toward God. It should be gratitude in us toward God.
Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
Don’t be anxious. If something is a problem or a trouble to you, take it to God; but take it to him with thanksgiving. Thank him for the good he’s already done. Our prayer and supplication should include thanksgiving. It lets God know that we believe that he can meet the need. It encourages us to have faith for the answer. Remember to be thankful in prayer. If we focus on the good God has done, it will help to calm our anxieties. Some of men’s sadness and unhappiness is found in their unthankfulness. Bring thanksgiving in your prayers, as well as your requests. You’ll find a greater blessing in prayer if you do.
2 Corinthians 9:8-15
And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work: (As it is written, He hath dispersed abroad: he hath given to the poor: his righteousness remaineth for ever. Now he that ministereth seed to the sower both minister bread for your food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness:) Being enriched in every thing to all bountifulness, which causeth through us thanksgiving to God. For the administration of this service not only supplieth the want of the saints, but is abundant also by many thanksgivings unto God; Whiles by the experiment of this ministration they glorify God for your professed subjection unto the gospel of Christ, and for your liberal distribution unto them, and unto all men; And by their prayer for you, which long after you for the exceeding grace of God in you. Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift.
"Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift." We’re thankful for the gift of God that works in the heart of man to make things good down here. God’s bounty on us should cause us to be thankful. Are you thankful for you brothers and sisters in the Lord? We should be thankful for those around us. Be a blessing to others and they can thank God, too.
Paul was thankful for what God gave that would cause people to do good for one another. We can be thankful for the acts of kindness that happen around us. God still puts love in the hearts of men to show kindness to one another. We should be thankful for the gift that supplied the need of our heart and gives us sufficiency for every good work.