SAYING "THANK YOU" TO GOD
Jesse M. Hendley
A meditation on Thanksgiving from God's Word! Saying
to God, "Thank You." Do we? We do to our fellow human
beings! We write thank you notes when they do kind
things for us. We say, "Thank you," for some gift,
some benefit, some kindness, or out of gratitude for
their love and fellowship and being. Why not to God,
Who is the Absolute Friend of ours?
Saying, "Thanks." What do we mean by it? Well, it is
an expression of appreciation, isn't it? Shouldn't we
appreciate God? Shouldn't we tell Him so? Saying,
"Thanks," is making known that person's value to you.
You do not thank people who are not valuable to you.
Saying "Thanks," is gratitude, told to another dear to
you, usually. Why not God? Isn't He the dearest of
The Bible reminds us that ungodly people do not give
thanks unto God. This is a characteristic of the
ungodly. In Romans 1:21 we read, "Because that, when
they knew God, they glorified Him not as God, neither
were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations,
and their foolish heart was darkened." And they went
down, down, down, until they worshipped idols, became
fools, worshipped animals and beasts, and, finally,
God gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of
their own hearts. That is a tragic thing. Why? Because
they did not honour God as God and they were not
thankful. It is characteristic of the ungodly that
they never say to God, "Thank You for all that You are
to me, for giving me life and all the good things that
are in life." Ungodly people do not glorify Him as
God, neither are they thankful. But godly people do
give thanks to God. They are thankful, according to
God's Word. Let's look at it for moment.
For example, David was thankful, and he told God that
he was. How is anybody going to know that we are
thankful to them unless we tell them? You say, "But
God knows everything." But He want ...
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