Psalm 92:1 tells us, “It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord . . .” Just for a minute I encourage you to take note of three good things that giving genuine thanks produces in the life of the believer.
1.) First it “Sets Things in Order”. Genuine thanks puts you in your place and God in His. It is a recognition of our helpless condition, and His charitable provision. God is always over us, but we are not always living under Him; and thanksgiving puts us back where we belong. There is nothing that adds more frustration to life than having those two things out of place. When we concede that God is on the throne, and we should be on our knees, then our life between heaven and earth is where it ought to be; and true thanksgiving can give us that adjustment.
2.) Second it “Settles The Debt.” You have a moral debt to Him for all that He has done in your life. I am not only speaking of your sin debt that Christ paid, I am speaking of your moral debt to God for providing your necessities and your “niceties”. How can you repay Him for all He’s done? Through the exchange of thanks. Gratitude, Praise, and Thanksgiving serve as the accepted medium of heaven in appreciation for your blessings. Paul wrote in 1st Corinthians 6:20, “For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.” In Psalm 116:12 the psalmist asks the question, “What shall I render unto the Lord for all his benefits toward me?” He then begins to list the things that he will do in response to God’s great gifts in life, and he comes to verse 17 and says, “I will offer to thee the sacrifice of thanksgiving, and will call upon the name of the LORD.” Don’t get the idea that you and I can buy blessings, or purchase heaven’s help; that’s not it at all. However what thanksgiving does do, is provide the righteous response that is due to our Father.
3.) Third, it Soothes the Soul. There is something soothing and settling about giving God the glory due to His name. Psalm 135:3 says, “Praise the LORD; for the LORD is good: sing praises unto his name; for it is pleasant.” David wrote in the 63rd psalm verses 3-5, “Because thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee. 4 Thus will I bless thee while I live: I will lift up my hands in thy name. 5 My soul shall be satisfied as withmarrow and fatness . . .” David declared that giving thanks brought satisfaction into his soul.
Sometimes, the focus of our eyes gravitates toward everything that is going wrong in life. When we sit back and evaluate things it often seems that nothing about our plans are working; the things beyond our control are laughing at us, and the storm clouds of stress and pressure are at category eight. It is during these times that giving proper thanks to God is the most powerful.
When things are “set in order” life is at it’s strongest. God is already on the throne, but when you and I are in our place then the arrangement is right. When we settle the debt of gratitude that we owe to God, there comes a freedom in fellowship with Him that we do not have otherwise. When we set our sights on all the things that are God given blessings, the troubles of the world, “grow strangely dim” in the light of His glory and grace.
I hope and pray that your thanks to God is good; when it is good, everything else will be as well. If your thanks is not “good”, then I encourage you to make it so, because it is certainly a change worth making.