“But giving thanks is a sacrifice that truly honors me. If you keep to my path, I will reveal to you the salvation of God.”” Psalms 50:23 NLT
God is most pleased when we are humbly grateful to Him for His merciful and gracious kindness to us. More than any monetary or material offering, He desires a heart that is submitted to Him. Thanksgiving is an attitude of gratitude! Gratitude is a place of humility. In giving thanks, we acknowledge our dependence upon someone who was able to supply what we needed. Just as pride repulses God, humility draws Him close. When we offer sacrifices of thanksgiving, we are humbly bowing before Him as Jehovah-Jireh (The Lord Who Provides). Nothing we have is our own! It belongs to God!!! We are managers of His property, including our own bodies. He owns everything! When we fail to thank Him for anything, we are acting in prideful rebellion. This is repulsive to God! When we get caught up in ungratefulness we get stuck in the web of Satan. There we get trapped and, ultimately, meet our fate. Ungratefulness leads to bitterness. Bitterness leads to death. Don't get caught in that web. Today, take the time to stop being captured by the adversity and realize your blessings. I guarantee you the blessings far outweigh the adversities. When we take the time to recount the blessings of God and give Him thanks, we are fostering an intimacy with God that cannot be found in simple liturgy and ritual. The last part of today's verse says that when we offer thanksgiving to God as an offering of worship, God will reveal His salvation to us. We cannot be saved until we humble ourselves, recognize God's provision of His Son Jesus Christ, thank Him for it, and accept His gift of everlasting life (see John 3:16-18; Romans 3:23; 6:23; 10:8-10). God wants us to know Him so much deeper than we currently do. His person is greater than words can describe. Only in humble submission and thanksgiving can we begin to know and understand Him. How well do you want to know Him? Begin in the birth room of thanksgiving!!
Rev. Curtis Norris