Read: Psalm 116:17-19 (KJV)
17 I will offer to thee the sacrifice of thanksgiving, and will call upon the name of the LORD.
Bible in One Year: Psalm 142-150, Haggai 1:1-11, Hymn: Sing Hymn 8 – Great Is Thy Faithfulness
for the salvation of your soul is something you need to do daily for the
rest of your life. Some people throw parties to celebrate milestones
and achievements in different areas of life, but Jesus said that what
should give us the greatest joy is the fact that we are saved and have
our names written in the Lamb’s Book of Life (Luke 10:20). That your name is in the Lamb’s Book of Life is a great testimony that you should regularly thank God for whenever you pray.
particularly if you have been going through a spate of negative and very
sad events or experiences. In such situations, thanking God requires
sacrifice. Our God loves sacrifices – particularly a sacrifice of
thanksgiving. No wonder the Psalmist says thus in Psalm 116:17
your life is saying that He doesn’t deserve it or that He has forsaken
you, it is sacrificial.
he has not granted your request. This is an expression of faith.
Sacrificial thanksgiving glorifies God and proves to Him that your faith
in Christ has spiritual substance. Do you know that most people
remember to thank God only when they believe He has “earned it’? Such
people live by a personal philosophy which says “whenever God does
something for me, only then will I give Him thanks in return.” Such an
attitude is simply calculative and myopic. There are so many things God
does for us every day which we take for granted as normal everyday
occurrences, but the truth is, nothing is ever really “normal”, and
every day comes with its challenges. Those who give God a sacrifice of
thanksgiving do so because they choose to. They choose to see things
from God’s perspective, which makes them see reasons why they ought to
be grateful to God, even when other people cannot see any reason why.
Adeboye, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God,
one of the largest evangelical church in the world and also the
President of Christ the Redeemer’s Ministries.
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