Praise & Thanksgiving-Like a Dose of Medicine
With the Thanksgiving holiday approaching, it’s common to see words of gratitude on decorative flags, mugs, and plaques in the stores. It’s a season were giving thanks for our blessings is acceptable, popular, and expected.
God instructs us to give thanks in all things (1 Thessalonians 5:18) and to sacrifice praise (Psalm 50:23).
Thanksgiving is thanking God for the specific gifts and blessings that He has done for you and others, either in the past or present. The core of thanksgiving is gratitude.
Praise is the act of complimenting God for who He is and for His virtues, attributes, and excellence. We praise Him when we acknowledge His perfections. As we gain insight into God’s character, praise becomes admiration.
Praise and thanksgiving are closely related and are interconnected as well. One who praises God thanks Him, too. Ultimately, learning to praise God activates the plans He has for you.
Let’s face it. Thanksgiving comes more naturally when we get the new job we competitively fought for, or we get the singing solo in the choir presentation, or for that delicious hot cup of soup on a cold night. But choosing to be thankful becomes a sacrifice when our world appears to be caving in around us—like hearing the news that your best friend is moving away, you’re facing a serious health problem, your child has become a prodigal, your marriage is in need of restoration, or there’s no money to pay the bills.
When we’re frightened and broken-hearted and don’t know which way to turn, we need to run to God. Enter His presence with thanksgiving and praise Him for His faithful character and His promises—the promises that He will walk through the trial with us, stay faithful, bring good from bad, and never leave us.
Praise and thanksgiving enable us to focus on the character of God and His abilities. When we begin to see things from God’s perspective, we are changed.
How great is the love of our Father who knew that the acts of praise and thanksgiving would bring healing and hope… like a dose of good medicine.
Let all that I am praise the Lord; with my whole heart, I will praise his holy name. Let all that I am praise the Lord; may I never forget the good things he does for me. He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases. He redeems me from death and crowns me with love and tender mercies. He fills my life with good things. My youth is renewed like the eagle’s! ~ Psalm 103:1-5 (NLT). ~