Seven Treasures Of Thanks

Perhaps you have heard the Holy Bible declares it is good to give thanks to God (Psalm 92:1). Not only is it good, but there is a lot of blessing in doing so!
Seven Treasures Of Thanks
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Thankfulness unto God is encouraged throughout the Holy Bible, and the Psalms are loaded with thanks to God. In the first verse of Psalm 111 we read, “Praise YHVH! I will praise YHVH with my whole heart, in the assembly of the upright, and in the congregation.” As we continue reading, we discover at least seven treasures of thanking God in verses 7 to 10.

I. The Goodness Of God 7a-b
“The works of his hands are verity and judgment;"
“The works of his hands are truth and justice;” (American Standard Version)

While there are many things that are true,

what the Word of God points to here given the context is that His works are verity (truth). Considering the New Testament (NT), the salvation He wrought through Christ is Truth. In John 14:6 Jesus Christ declared that He Himself (Christ), is “the Way, the Truth and the Life,” and added that He was the only way to the Father.

James Strong {1} brings out more detail about the Hebrew word here translated as “verity” in the King James, noting it can be describe as  firmness, faithfulness, sureness, reliability, stability, continuance, faithfulness, reliableness. 

Unlike man’s {2} truth, God’s truth is sure and pure. Human religion comes short of what God requires, and organizations change, falter and sometimes collapse. Only Christ fulfilled what was required to please the Father, not just in deed but also in quality and attitude of heart. This is one reason why He is the only Way to the Father.

We should also be grateful that all the works of God are done in justice. Society often does not agree with God’s justice, but many of that mind set have not been regenerated by Him for they have not surrendered to Christ.

Currently there is not much justice in this world, but that is not the fault of God. It is the fault of mankind which has rejected the will of God for themselves. However, that shall change for Armageddon will soon occur and Christ (Messiah) shall return. Justice will prevail on earth when Christ becomes King of the world.

II. The Word Of God 7c-8
“all his commandments are sure. 8 They stand fast for ever and ever, and are done in truth and uprightness.”

For me, things were quite “shaky” until I surrendered to Christ. The church I grew up in had their standards. Other people had their own standards. Sometimes those standards changed. And, ever since the late 1950s the standards of society have drastically changed.

One brief example in the United States is that until the late 1950s there was godly respect in many households. The husband was the head, the leader of his family. This was reflected in a number of television shows. However, by the 1970s the man of the house became the focus of mockery.

Another example is that in the 1950s there was strong encouragement from society for young people to refrain from sex until marriage. I grew up with the idea in my mind that the correct pattern was dating, then “going steady," pre-engagement, engagement, then marriage. And, of course, marriage was a union only between one man and one woman. Today, for many sex is more sacred than God and marriage has been corrupted by divorce and remarriage, marrying youth and children, same-sex marriage, and, in a few locations, marriage to animals.

A lot more can be written about how much has changed, but the point is God’s Word never changes, and each one of us shall answer to God. The Holy Bible is clear: the husband, subordinate to Christ, is the head of the wife (1 Corinthians 11:13); sex outside of marriage is sin (1 Corinthians 6:18); and marriage is one man and one woman until the physical death of one (Matthew 19:3-12, 1 Corinthians 7:39) {3}.

Someone might say, “Look at all the translations. The Holy Bible has changed." No, friend. Though there be many translations and versions, the ancient texts have not changed. There are some accurate renderings available to all of us. Some that are in English include the American Standard Version, Young’s Literal Translation, and any work by Jay Green.

The written Word of God, the Holy Bible, is the only sure foundation for one’s life. Not only is it a firm foundation, but it provides a safe spiritual structure for those that put its principles into practice and trust God.

Sin is sin. Logic will not change it, psychiatry denies it, medicine will not cure it, society worships and serves it. Only Christ can remove it! That brings us to the next line in Psalm 111.

III. The Redemption Of God 9a
 “He sent redemption unto his people:”

The fulness of that redemption was seen when God through Christ veiled Himself of our flesh to live the life we need to live to please the Father, took our sin to receive our punishment and die, rose and ascended.

Those that surrender to His redemption and daily apply it are preserved from the wrath of God and hell. They are freed from the bondage to sin and their sin nature. They have been transferred from darkness and have been placed into His light (Colossians 1:13) where there is peace with God and where peace with others (including one’s spouse) is attainable.

Due to the redemption by Christ one may be healed physically, psychologically, emotionally or in any other way that might be necessary. His redemption permits those who receive Him to have a new body in everlasting life, just like the body Christ had after rising from the dead.

Redemption by Christ tears down the partition of sin that comes between us and the Father. From within Christ creates a “new creation” (2 Corinthians 5:17) after His image. That brings about a better life, one that is more free of sin as one continues to grow in Him.

IV. His Covenant 9b
“He has commanded his covenant for ever:”

When one fully surrenders to Christ they enter into a covenant. On Christ’s part, He states (John 6:37), “He who comes to me I will in nowise cast out." In Matthew 28:20 He declares, “Lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world." When we sin He has made provision for us (1 John 1:9), although a disciple must not keep on sinning.

Though one makes Christ King in their life that does not mean that they no longer have a choice. Christ is King, not a tyrant. Though He will not leave us, we might leave Him. In John 15:1-5 He tells His disciples to “remain in me," otherwise they will not bear fruit and will be fit only for the fire. We are, by His grace, to bear fruit and overcome. If we, by Him, overcome sin and the world then we shall continue on to enjoy Eternal Life. However, we must persevere by Him, otherwise our name will be blotted out of the book of life:
 “He that overcomes, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.”

That is the word of God. The Holy Bible tells us numerous times to overcome. Listen to what God says, not man. Yes, Christ has gotten the victory for us, but the Scriptures indicate we are to enter in to that victory. As written in Jude 3, we must contend


for the faith {4}. If you would see the word for “contend” in that verse and transliterate (not translate) its letters into their English equivalents you would see they closely spell “agonize.” By all means, obey the Word of God, and contend for the faith in order to overcome.

V. His Name 9c
“holy and reverend is his name.”

This speaks of the Name, YHVH, meaning “The Existing One.” Christ identified Himself as YHVH in human flesh when He declared to certain Jews (John 8:58) that, “before Abraham was, I AM.”

To my knowledge, no one knows for sure how to pronounce “YHVH,” although in practice some use the vowel pointings as found in the Hebrew word “adonay (lord).” Devout Jews have the highest regard for His Name, and you might note in various locations on the Internet they will not even fully spell “God,” preferring to use “G-d” instead.

However, when Christ came and completed His mission on earth to bridge the gap between God and man, by the Holy Spirit the Apostle Paul writes (Philippians 2:9-11), “Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: 10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; 11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

Jesus, the Hebrew of which is Yeshua (Joshua) means “YHVH is salvation.” Now, as you might know, there are many people today with the name “Jesus,” however, God knows full well when the Name of Jesus is invoked as Jesus the Christ, Jesus the Messiah.

By calling on that Name, as one surrenders to Him, they will receive the salvation of God bringing reconciliation between themselves and God. Many have been healed and numerous blessings have been received as the Name of Jesus is sincerely invoked.

VI. His Wisdom 10a
“The fear of YHVH is the beginning of wisdom:”

That is, true lasting wisdom, and it must begin with a powerful reverential fear of YHVH. I would not describe this fear in a negative sense, but in the sense one would fear a godly earthly father (not an ungodly one). We should fear Him because we love Him and would not want to displease Him.

We must realize we exist because He permits it to be so. We are conceived with His permission and we leave this world at His direction. 

The fear of YHVH includes knowing what He has said (the Holy Bible) and obeying His commands. When one does surrender to Christ, the fear of YHVH includes continued seeking of more His direction and presence as well as readily conforming to the image of Christ according to the Word and directed by the Holy Spirit.


VII. His Bountiful Blessings 10bc

Naturally that brings us to the next line of this Hebrew poem, “a good understanding have all they that do his commandments:"

We might not agree with or understand certain things about the Word of God, but we can be thankful that as we by faith faithfully obey He blesses our mind. Our comprehension of spiritual matters grows which in turn further develops our character in Him.

For example, we might not agree with and even think it to be illogical when God reminds us that vengeance belongs to Him when someone does something to us. However, as we meekly depend upon Him, His Spirit develops the character of Christ within us and we become spiritually stronger.

It is most important to obey the commands of God by the life of Christ within, for it is written in 1 John 2:17, “the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever."

And, as you see, the very last line of Psalm 111 states, “His praise endures for ever.” {5} Giving thanks is a form of praise unto God. As we looked at the latter portion of Psalm 111 we have only “scratched the surface” of the powerful truths that are contained in this passage. Nonetheless, as you can see, there is great treasure in giving God thanks.

Notes:

{1} From an electronic version of Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance by James Strong incorporated in the Online Bible program, and so throughout the article whenever the ancient language is referred to and no other authority is cited.

{2} Used in the proper traditional sensible sense, denoting all people, male and female. I could not care less about being politically correct.

{3} For an audio message about marriage please visit http://www.sapphirestreams.com/life/audioM.html#M50 for the appropriate link for the MP3, Mercy For Marriage. There might be other related material there.

{4} Please read my article, Stand Out!, for an example of remaining firm on God’s Word.

{5}My article, Pearls And Gold, will give further information about persevering to do the will of God regardless of the circumstances.

This article was in the form of a sermon (message) outline with comments. God willing by December 31, 2014 (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#M343 .

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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  • Lightningforce  29-03-2017
    I really needed to read this. I love the Lord but have backslidden in some ways. I used to feel so close to Him, almost holy. Jesus has all the authority, the Truth and dominion. He controls all and everything. God created the universe. God holds us in his hands. God cares for us because we are part of his creation. Great article and I was glad I could read it and comment I needed this information in my life.
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  • nbillett  28-12-2016
    Jesus' holiness and power, his presence will demand that all that makes people live in chains, more dead than alive and without hope, leave. Evil cannot stand and is overpowered by Jesus' truth and authority. The choice is to be freed or to live inhumanly. there will be reactions of fear, but those freed are sent to release others by their lives converted, and made whole by Jesus' presence in the world.
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