Being Thankful, Pt. 1

I will give thee thanks in the great congregation: I will praise thee among much people.

Psalm 35:18

During this “Thanksgiving week,” we will look at some different aspects of thankfulness that will hopefully help us to be more thankful.  Sadly, thankfulness seems to be dying trait in our modern world, but we as Christians should always be thankful.  We have no excuse after all the Lord has given us to be thankful for.

In this verse the Psalmist identifies two different places he is going to “give thanks” to the Lord.  The first place is “in the great congregation.”  The second is “among much people.”

It is a fine and good think to thank the Lord while we are praying.  It is right and proper to thank Him for His daily mercies when we lay our heads on our pillows at night.  Silently bowing our heads and thanking Him for His provision before we eat our meals is wonderful.  But we should also, like the Psalmist in this verse, praise and thank Him in front of others.

Our families and friends should know that we are thankful to the Lord.  Our co-workers and the members of our church should know that we are thankful to the Lord.  We should thank and praise Him everywhere we find an opportunity.

When we hear someone else thanking the Lord, it helps us to look at ourselves and be thankful for what He has done for us.  Thankfulness begets more thankfulness.  If you start with one person being truly thankful and expressing it, you soon end up with many people being thankful and expressing it.  And that creates a whole “spirit” of thankfulness, which leads to a host of other blessing!

We know that being thankful in our hearts is the main thing, but we also need to let that thankfulness come out of our mouths!  How are we doing today?

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