A couple of thoughts related to “giving thanks.”
The Word is full of instruction, commands, exhortations and the like to “give thanks.”
( http://www.biblegateway.com/keyword/?search=give%20thanks&version1=49&searchtype=all )
Reflect on this particular portion of the Word…
In 1 Chronicles 16 we have the account of David bringing the Ark of God into the temple that David had pitched for it (that is interesting in itself&hellip.
David finished burnt and peace offerings.
David then blessed the people in the name of the Lord.
1 Chronicles 16:3
He distributed to everyone of Israel, both man and woman, to everyone a loaf of bread and a portion of meat and a raisin cake.
So, the people received bread, meat and dessert!
David then appointed some of the Levites to minister before the Ark of the Lord, to celebrate, to thank and praise the Lord God of Israel.
They did so with musical instruments, harps, lyres, loud-sounding cymbals (is there another kind? ) and trumpets...continually before the Ark of the Covenant of God.
David then assigned Asaph and his relatives to give thanks to the Lord.
The balance of the chapter is a psalm/hymn of praise and thanksgiving unto the Lord.
1 Chronicles 16
( http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1%20Chronicles+16&version=NASB )
1 Chronicles 16
8 Oh give thanks to the LORD, call upon His name;
Make known His deeds among the peoples.
9 Sing to Him, sing praises to Him;
Speak of all His wonders.
10 Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
11 Seek the LORD and His strength;
Seek His face continually.
12 Remember His wonderful deeds which He has done,
His marvels and the judgments from His mouth,
13 O seed of Israel His servant,
Sons of Jacob, His chosen ones!
14 He is the LORD our God;
His judgments are in all the earth.
15 Remember His covenant forever,
The word which He commanded to a thousand generations,
16 The covenant which He made with Abraham,
And His oath to Isaac.
We are to…
- Give thanks to the Lord
- Call on the name of the Lord
- Make known His deeds among the people...speak of His ways, tell what He has done for/in/through you
- Sing praises to Him
- Speak of His wonders
- Glory in His Holy name...glory/rest/rejoice in His character...all that He is
- Be glad...let your heart rejoice
- Seek the Lord
- Seek His strength
- Seek His face continually
- Remember His wonderful deeds, marvels, judgments
- Remember His Covenant
Let us determine to do such continually, not just on occasion.
Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised.