Words of Thanksgiving

Psalm 69:30 “I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify him with thanksgiving.”

David was a man that was very thankful to God. Before he was king, though, he had a very rough life under King Saul.

David was determined, though, to keep on giving glory to God for His working in his life. Although there were many blessings and hardships, David did not allow them to make him bitter.

Did you read the part of the verse where he had a song? It was a song of praise, too. Many of these Psalms were written while he was going through times of hardship. Yet he was determined to be always thankful.

Being thankful to God helps us to remember that although circumstances may not always be to our liking, God is still in control. We can certainly thank Him for that.

There are many things that I am thankful to God for in this year. It has been a little rough for me as well, but my God is good to those who love Him (Romans 8:28).

Among many other things, I thank Him for:

  • A Savior Who can take me to Heaven.
  • A church that is like a family.
  • A Bible that leads me and offers many promises.
  • A free country that I believe to still be the best in the world.
  • My family and friends.
  • Opportunities to minister the Word of God.
  • The opportunity to work.
  • The health I do have (underwent cancer surgery in mid-summer).
  • And many more.

Like David, I also know that God is good and He does put a song in my heart, too. The song is especially there when I praise Him and am thankful – for all things. Praise His Name!

Bible Promise for the Day – The Stable Christian Life

God's Promises Are Ever Faithful
God’s Promises Are Ever Faithful

Colossians 2:7 “Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.”

While Christians are going to experience both hills and valleys in their life, as David did, it is not necessary to be hurt by them. Instead, like Job, the trials of life can be used to influence and strengthen our lives, so that ultimately we come forth as gold for His glory.

The above Bible verse, spoken by Paul, reveals God’s general will for every believer. God desires that every one of His children be “stablished in the faith.” This means unshaken by the events we meet with day to day.

As we look at the Lord Jesus and how He acted and reacted to the things He met with daily, we see a steady life. He was calm in heart and mind and unruffled by most things. He was, however, often angry with unbelief, because it would not allow Him to work.

When unbelief exists in our own lives it prevents Christ and the Holy Spirit from giving us the fruit of the Spirit spoken of in Galatians 5:22,23. Those verses tell us: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.” Apart from His Spirit, the opposite characteristics will often be seen: anger, impatience, easily irritated, etc.

The way we become stabilized in Christ is by drawing deeply on the resources Christ provides. This involves becoming “rooted and built up in him.” When “rooted” in Christ, it means we have our roots deep in Him and are constantly drawing from Him His comfort, grace, power, joy, vision, and more. We put our roots in Christ deeply by being daily in the Word, fellowshipping regularly with other strong believers, praying, witnessing, and more.

A tree with deep roots is not easily blown down by storms. It can withstand it. It also is not easily hurt by drought, because its roots find those deeper springs.

Being established in Christ often begins with following what you were taught earlier: “as ye have been taught,” Paul said. Where were you taught these things that will establish your spiritual walk with God? Most likely in Church. Be faithful there.

Paul mentions one more thing about being established in Christ. Those who are don’t need to be told this because they already know: “abounding therein with thanksgiving.” Christians who are solid in faith are thankful people, and they know very well Who it is that blesses them.