January sacrifice of praise thanksgiving Worship Devotions

Thankfulness is a mouth-thing

"I will give thanks with my whole heart; I will declare all your marvelous works." ~Psalm 9:1

Within just about every type of society, saying “thank you” is considered to be a customary politeness. From the youngest ages, most people are taught to respond to the actions of others with a “thank you”. Not saying thank you when someone has done you a favor, or gone out of their way, or given you a gift is considered rude. You can’t just “feel” thankful, you have to say it, otherwise it doesn’t count! Why? Because what benefit is it to the other person if you just feel thankful, but never express it? Why would they ever want to help you out again, knowing you don’t even have the basic human decency to say thanks? Failing to speak aloud those two, simple words, “thank you” is considered rude and ungrateful by pretty much everyone.

While God knows your heart and yes, He knows when you feel thankful, it is not the same as actually saying it.

Being thanks feels good and in terms of worship- it’s actually no different! God is a person. He has feelings. He LOVES YOU! And yes, while God knows your heart and yes, He knows when you feel thankfulit is not the same as actually saying it. True thankfulness is expressed in two ways: physically and verbally.

David expressed his thanks in these two ways also saying, “I will give thanks with my whole heart, I will declare…” The word “give thanks” in this verse is one of the seven Hebrew words for praise, “yadah“. Yadah is a physical act of worship where you lift your hands upward and make confessions to God about His greatness. “I will declare…” David wrote. The only way to declare something is to open your mouth! You can give grandma a hug and say “thank you”, but since you can’t exactly do that with God, what do you do? WORSHIP.

Thought for today

Worship is how God’s people express their thanks to Him. There isn’t anything you could ever to do repay God of give to Him anything that compares to what He gave you- but He didn’t ask for that anyway. So, what did He ask for? Psalm 50:14 says, “…Whoever sacrifices a thank offering glorifies Me.” Focus on speaking your thanks to God today. Maybe you can even be alone with Him for a minute and raise your hands as you say “thank you”, so show the Lord how you feel for what He has done for. Then, go to church and do it big! All true worship begins with gratitude and as you develop a habit of daily, moment by moment expressing your thanks to God for every thing, yes, every little thing, you’ll start to notice how much more He is doing all around you. In terms of acts of love and kindness, God isn’t that much different than anyone else who loves you- He likes to hear “thank you” too!

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