Saying, Thank You To God by Jesse Hendley

Saying, Thank You To God
Jesse M. Hendley
II Samuel 22:50

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 their value to us. You do
not thank people who are not valuable to you. Saying,
"Thanks," is gratitude, told to another dear to us,
usually. Why not to God? Isn't He the dearest of all?

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
were not thankful unto God. They did not honour God as
God and 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. They do give thanks to God, and
Godly people are thankful, according to God's Word.
Let's look at it for a moment.

For example, DAVID was thankful. And, you know, he
TOLD God that he was. How is anybody going to know
that we are thankful to them unless we tell them? You

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