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Expressing Gratitude to God

If you're a Christian, you probably know that thanking the Lord for His blessings is an important aspect of your relationship with Him. But have you ever considered the different ways this can be done? Gratitude isn't limited to verbal expressions or prayers but can actually be demonstrated in a variety of ways.

In the Psalms, one of the most frequently mentioned methods of conveying thanks is singing. Songs can often say what our heart feels but has trouble articulating. As the words from our favorite hymn or praise songs flow from our lips, we are reminded of who God is and the magnitude of His salvation and love for us. And singing isn't reserved just for church. When we're filled with gratitude, we may find ourselves humming or singing songs that magnify the Lord wherever we are.

Another way to express gratefulness is by serving God---whether through acts of kindness, teaching Sunday school or Bible study, organizing a ministry, reaching out to marginalized people, sharing the gospel with the lost, helping someone in need, or giving financially. Every one of these can be offered to God with an attitude of thanksgiving for all He's done for us. Ultimately, we show the Lord our gratitude through obidence. A holy life flows from a heart filled with thankfulness for God's grace, mercy, love, and salvation. Instead of living for ourselves and our won pleasures, we'll want to exalt Christ in all that we do, say, and think. And as we allow God's Spirit to control us, He will faithfully enable us to live in a manner that is pleasing and honoring to the Lord.

Dr. Charles Stanley


1 Chronicles 16:28-34 New King James Version (NKJV)

28 Give to the Lord, O families of the peoples,
Give to the Lord glory and strength.
29 Give to the Lord the glory due His name;
Bring an offering, and come before Him.
Oh, worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness!
30 Tremble before Him, all the earth.
The world also is firmly established,
It shall not be moved.

31 Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad;
And let them say among the nations, “The Lord reigns.”
32 Let the sea roar, and all its fullness;
Let the field rejoice, and all that is in it.
33 Then the trees of the woods shall rejoice before the Lord,
For He is coming to judge the earth.

34 Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good!
For His mercy endures forever.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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