We have arrived at Thanksgiving week, and I’d like to share a few thoughts as we move towards a day that has been set aside for giving thanks for our many blessings. Today I’d like to discuss expressing our thanks with words, and on Wednesday we’ll look at expressing thanks with our works. Both these ideas are rooted in Ephesians 5:20 —
Always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Our Lord Jesus Christ demonstrated who He was by both His words and His works. As His disciples, we must do the same.
Expressions With Words
The first way we are to express our thanks to God is with the words we speak. We all must take inventory of our language and see if the words we speak let those who hear us know just how thankful we are to God for all we have been given. It is all too easy to be very thankful for the many good gifts we have received from God without ever expressing our thanks to the One who gave them to us.
Here is an important truth to keep in view:
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. (James 1:17)
The apostle Paul asked the Christians in Corinth, “What do you have that you did not receive?” (1 Corinthians 4:7). It’s a great question for you and I to consider with Thanksgiving only three days away; the answer, of course is “Nothing!” Everything we have has been given to us, and the Giver is the Lord God Almighty (Romans 11:36). Our families are a gift from God. Our careers are a gift from God. Our health is a gift from God. Our education is a gift from God. Everything is a gift from God, including our next breath and the next beat of our heart. The words we speak should shout to those around us just how thankful we are to God for the countless good gifts we have been given.
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. (Colossians 3:16)
Do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart. (Ephesians 5:18-19)
Did you know that the Bible instructs us to thank our God in song? Yes, that’s right. When you sing praises to God you are being obedient! We are not just invited to sing our praise to God, we are commanded to do so — even those of us who don’t have the “gift” of song! Jonah even sang a song of thanksgiving while he was in the belly of a great fish (Jonah 2:9).
I am blessed to have musical children; it’s such a joy to hear them singing praises to God, whether with the praise team at the church or around the house. And make no mistake, our God delights in hearing heartfelt praise expressed in words that are both spoken and sung.
On Wednesday, we will take a look at giving expressions of thanks with out works!
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!