The Best Way to Say, "Thank You, Lord"
1. THE LABOR THAT IS RENDERED
A) A Spiritual Work
B) A Specific Work
2. THE LIFE THAT IS REVIEWED
A) Revealing of Our Works
B) Rewarding of Our Works
3. THE LORD THAT IS REVERENCED
A) Overflowing Hearts
B) Overwhelmed Hearts
I once came across an African proverb that says, "Even the hen lifteth her head toward heaven when swallowing her grain." How sad that many, who are daily recipients of multiplied blessings, never lift their head in thanks to the God who gave them.
William Law, in his book A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life, wrote: "Would you know who is the greatest saint in the world? It is not he who prays most or fasts most; it is not he who gives most alms, or is more eminent for temperance, chastity, or justice; but it is he who is always thankful to God who wills everything that God willeth, who receives everything as an instance of God's goodness, and has a heart always ready to praise God for it."
How thankful we should be. God has been so good to us all. He deserves nothing less than to find a thankful heart in every believer. The Bible, especially in the Psalms, encourages a thankful heart:
Psalm 69:30, "I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify him with thanksgiving."
Psalm 95:2, "Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms."
Psalm 100:4, "Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name."
Today, I want to talk to you about expressing your thanks to the Lord. I want to share with you what I think is the best way to say to express your gratitude to the Lord. In Revelation 4 we have a heavenly scene that portrays an hour when every saved person will be gathered around the throne of the Lord. It is a scene of worship, praise and expressions of thanksgiving. There is one particular expression that I want to draw your attention to today. It is an expression found in verse 10. It involves "crowns."
To lead up to this scene, I want to lay a foundation by spending a few moments talking about these crowns. These crowns speak of the heavenly rewards that can be earned by the Christian. When I think of these crowns, I first think of:
1. THE LABOR THAT IS RENDERED
Notice with me what Jesus said in Revelation 22:12: "And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be." The Lord spoke of His return and the rewards He would bring with Him. The word "reward" that He used is a word that simply means "a pay for service." It is descriptive of a person being paid for the work they had done. Jesus explained that these rewards would be given to, "every man according as his work shall be." The Lord was speaking of a heavenly pay day.
When you think about crowns or rewards you must first start with the work for which these crowns or re ...
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