Get Into The Godly Habit Of Thanking God

The Holy Bible says a lot about giving thanks with probably over 120 verses that deal specifically with thanking God. In this message we will look at many of the verses which will strengthen our walk with God in Jesus Christ so we may live victorious in this world and enter into Life Eternal.
Get Into The Godly Habit Of Thanking God
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There are some people that actually thank God from time to time. It appears, though, that the majority tend to thank God just at certain times like meals, Thanksgiving, or when they have narrowly escaped a disaster. If you would say you are a Christian then consider well what 1 Thessalonians 5:18 says, “In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”

With that, and other Holy Scriptures, see that giving thanks to God really ought to be a continuous godly habit. In a previous message, The Triumph Of Godly Habits {1}, we saw

the importance of developing such habits. If we say we are Christians, then we will want to do the will of God and as we have just seen in 1 Thessalonians 5:18 thanking God in everything is part of His will.  Let us now look at numerous verses, grouping them into five areas, so we may better understand the need for us to thank God and some of the wonderful blessings in doing so.

I. Replace The Negative

Our spiritual walk is a serious matter and it behooves us, by the grace of God through Christ, to eliminate those things that are displeasing to God and replace them with activities and attitudes that will honor Him and, in so doing, bless us. If we really know God through Christ then we must determine never to be like the world (which will pass away) that often thinks they have no need to thank God. Such a temperament fosters dangerous spiritual conditions as recorded in Romans 1:21, “. . . when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.”

Sinful activities and attitudes crowd out the opportunities for us to give thanks to God. Consider what Ephesians 5:3-5 has to say, “But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as is fitting for saints; 4  Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks. 5  For this you know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.”

Note that what we might call the “real bad” stuff in verse 3 is equated with the “not so bad stuff” in verse 4. Also note that both are to be replaced with “the giving of thanks.” Such giving thanks to God is contrary to the human sin nature, but if we are truly redeemed unto God by Christ then we, by the grace of God through Christ, are to throw out the bad and replace it with the will of God in our life. To help along that line, please listen to or view my message “God’s Remedy Of Thanks” by following the link below {2}.

II. Remain In His Presence

When someone surrenders to Christ as their Lord and Savior they find it is a wonderful thing to be ushered into the Kingdom of God. In my case the removal of guilt replaced with the peace of God was an initial blessing. The experience of others might be different but a real Christian will say that it is better to be in, and remain in, the presence of God than the presence of evil (even if it is your own evil). Thanking God helps us to come into His presence: “Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms.”--Psalm 95:2

We are to remember we are coming into the presence of the holy Almighty God. If we are a true child of God, because of the finished work of Christ the unsettling fear His presence would invoke is replaced by reverential awe and dedicated love to Him. Because Christ has redeemed us we can, and should, "Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name."-- Psalm 100:4

Notice the second half of that verse: "BE thankful unto him, and bless his name." As one grows in Christ, thankfulness to God should be a state of being. Doing so will glorify Him. As a result, with God working in such a way in our life more people will be drawn to Him through Christ, the Answer for the needs of the world.

It is written in Psalm 140:13, "Surely the righteous shall give thanks unto Your name: the upright shall dwell in Your presence." If you are truly saved by Christ then you are declared righteous in the eyes of God. So, give Him thanks!

III. Render A Sacrifice

However, one might say, “'In everything give thanks’ can be hard to do at times." I would say every real Christian knows this is true, but we should lovingly obey Him and do so. There were some in the Old Testament that thanked God even while they were in difficult situations. Consider Jonah while in the belly of the great fish (Jonah 2:9): "But I will sacrifice unto You with the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay that that I have vowed. Salvation is of YHVH."

The Word of God exhorts us to offer the sacrifice of thanksgiving unto God: 
Psalm 107:22 - “And let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving, and declare his works with rejoicing."
Psalm 116:17 - “I will offer to You the sacrifice of thanksgiving, and will call upon the name of YHVH."
Hebrews 13:15 - “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.” Although Hebrews 13:15 does not say “sacrifice of thanksgiving,” given the balance of Holy Scripture it is clear that thanks unto God is part of praising God.

Now, while it is true the human authors of the two above references from the Psalms might have been thinking of an animal sacrifice, we are to remember that the principles of the Jewish Law were activated by the work of Christ. Also keep in mind that God saw to it that the Temple was destroyed about forty years after the ascension of Christ and animal sacrifices ceased as a result {3}.
 
Christ was the ultimate sacrifice, being all sufficient for our salvation. It is very difficult, at times, to be thankful to God. That is one reason why it is considered a sacrifice. To thank God when we do not feel like it means to say “no" to our own self. All Christians must learn to disregard how they feel and highly regard what


God says to do whereby they obediently obey Him no matter how they feel and no matter what the consequences might be.

IV. Remember Who God Is

You may have heard God is love, is kind, merciful, faithful, and almighty. All of this, and more, is true. But when we look at the entirety of Holy Scripture we see that His holiness is the most referred to and the most emphasized. He is first of all holy. There is no evil within Him. Thus, twice it is written “give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness” {4}:

Psalm 30:4 - “Sing unto YHVH, O you saints of his, and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness."
Psalm 97:12 - “Rejoice in YHVH, you righteous; and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness.”

While we should give thanks because He is holy, that there is no evil in Him, we must remember we are basically evil (Psalm 51:5, Isaiah 64:6, Romans 3:10). We deserve to be punished forever. But the work of Christ has satisfied the righteous requirements of the Father and those that truly surrender to God through Christ also give thanks for His mercy. Psalm 106:1 exhorts us to, “Praise YHVH! Oh, give thanks to YHVH, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.”

Let us briefly return to the fact that we are basically evil. Not only do we deserve hell, but we deserve every trouble that we come across while here on earth. However, we are spared many of those troubles and the burden of the troubles we do experience are lessened if we are a redeemed child of God thanks to His mercy. So when we go through difficult times we should remember things could be worse, and thank God they are not worse!

We are to thank God that He is righteous, and all of his decisions are righteous. It is written in Psalm 119:62, “At midnight I will rise to give thanks to You because of Your righteous judgments.” Sometimes God decides we are to go through some very dark times in our life. “At midnight" in this verse devotionally speaks of the darkest hours of your life. No matter how you feel, obediently thank God.

There are numerous other attributes of God we can thank Him for, but we will save some of those for a future message on the godly habit of praise and worship. I could have included thanking God as part of praise and worship, but I felt I wanted to start with thanks by itself since many of us practice thanking others and focusing first on thanks to God would facilitate the learning of the other godly habits we will be considering.

V. Receive The Reward

No, we do not get saved from hell because we do right things. We are saved only by the mercy and grace of God through Christ Who, once He is within us, will produce the right things, the good things that are pleasing to the Father. We are saved, “To the end that my glory may sing praise to You, and not be silent. O YHVH my God, I will give thanks unto You for ever.” --Psalm 30:12.

Those who are truly saved will eventually learn to habitually thank God in everything. Upon death, or the rapture of the Church, they will continue to thank God, fulfilling the last part of Psalm 30:12, “O YHVH my God, I will give thanks unto You for ever.” With that, it is good for us to keep in mind a verse that was brought out in the article, “The Triumph Of Godly Habits,” 1 John 2:17, “And the world passes away, and the lust thereof: but he that does the will of God abides forever.”

Notes:

{1} The foundational article for this series is The Triumph Of Godly Habits which may be read by following this link: http://holybibletreasures.expertscolumn.com/article/triumph-godly-habits-1

{2} Links to God's Remedy Of Thanks may be found at http://www.sapphirestreams.com/life/audioM.html#M157

{3} Since prophecy of the Holy Bible comes to pass literally, according to various passages it is expected the Temple will be rebuilt and animal sacrifices restored a scant few years before Armageddon.

{4} Newer translations render these verses as follows: 

Psalm 30:4  “Sing praise to YHVH, you saints of His, And give thanks at the remembrance of His holy name."
Psalm 97:12  “Rejoice in YHVH, you righteous, And give thanks at the remembrance of His holy name.”

There is no conflict, because “His holy name” would indicate that He is holy.

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This article was written in the form of a sermon (message) outline with comments. God willing by May 31, 2016 (hopefully much sooner), you should be able to hear the actual message (sermon) by selecting a link at http://www.sapphirestreams.com/life/audioM.html#M402 .

Unless otherwise noted all Holy Scripture is from the 1769 Authorized Version with spelling of some words updated for our time in addition to changing LORD to YHVH as it rightly should be when the text so indicates. An * next to the abbreviation for another translation or version indicates the same for the text presented.

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Article Written By BrotherPete

I am a minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, having served over forty years as a pastor. I graduated from Northeast Bible College of Green Lane Pennsylvania and have a Bachelors Degree in Bible. I am enthused about the Word of God and how it can make a positive change in the life of anyone once it is teamed up with faith and the Holy Spirit. I am happily married. Visit www.sapphirestreams.com.

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