Personally, I can think of a long list of reasons that I am
thankful to God. Perhaps you can as well. On the other hand, I know that there
are some people who feel they have no reason to be thankful to God. At least
that’s what they say. So why should we give thanks to God and praise Him?
In the book of Psalms, the writer was inspired to pen the
following words: “Give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good
and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all
generations” (Psalm 100:4-5). Note, that these reasons have nothing to do with
what God has or has not done for us. Rather, they have to do with His
character. So let’s quickly consider each of them:
The Lord is good. The
Bible says that all good and perfect gifts come from the Father above (James 1:17).
I know that’s not everybody’s view because not everybody believes what the
Bible says. But that is God’s assessment of Himself, and I am sticking with His
report. I can think of some things I would like to change in my life or I would
like to be different. But for every one of these, I can think of several ways
in which God has shown me His goodness. Too often we allow the former to blind
us to the latter.
God’s love endures
forever. I have lost count of how many times I am sure I have failed or
disappointed God. But the awesome thing about love is that when it is true, it
is unconditional. God’s love is just like that. Even when we fail Him, we can
be sure that nothing has changed between us. Now that is truly something to
thank God for and to praise Him!
continues through all generations. Throughout the Old Testament, God took
care of the Israelites because they were His chosen people. Even during their
40 years in the wilderness He fed them daily and their clothes never wore out. What
the psalmist reveals in the aforementioned verse is that God’s faithfulness did
not cease to exist after biblical times, but it will last throughout all
generations. That means we can trust His promises—today and tomorrow.
I have no idea of who I am talking to through this post.
Perhaps at this time, life is so good to you that you feel things could not be
better. Or perhaps it’s on the other extreme. But whether you find yourself at
either of these extremes or somewhere in between, the Bible calls on each of us
to be thankful and to praise God for the reasons stated above.