Last night, while our church met for Bible study, I was reminded of a very important truth... That of giving thanks. Not just being thankful in our hearts, but actually voicing that thankfulness in words, out loud, for others to hear, and praise the Lord's name!
I got to thinking, how often do I give thanks to the Lord in the hearing of others? Am I being sinful by not doing so? Then it occurred to me that indeed it is commanded of me, as a child of God, and that if I don't, I am indeed sinning!
So, I then wanted to find out all the verses that had to do with proclaiming your thanksgiving with your mouth, not just in your heart... here are a few, there are many more:
By him [Jesus] therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name. -Hebrews 13:15
Rejoice in the Lord, ye righteous; and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness. -Psalm 97:12
- this verse even reminds us of something to give thanks for!-
Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather the giving of thanks. -Ephesians 5:4
-WOW! This command to give thanks comes after a list of sins by the talking mouth... now we know what to do instead! Praise the Lord!
That I may publish with the voice of thanksgiving, and tell of all thy wondrous works. -Psalm 26:7
Giving thanks always for ALL things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. -Ephesians 5:20
O give thanks unto the LORD; call upon his name: MAKE KNOWN HIS DEEDS AMONG THE PEOPLE. -Psalm 105:1
That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. -Romans 15:6
And I'll throw this verse in to show how grave a sin thanklessness is:
Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and there foolish heart was darkend. -Romans 1:21
-I'd encourage all to read this chapter again to get the whole picture of how terrible our sin is, even the sin of being unthankful.
SO, with this knowledge and understanding i'd like to end by saying:
I praise and thank our most glorious and omnipotent Father for His great mercy toward us. For His longsuffering and matchless grace bestowed upon us by His magnificent and almighty Son, our Lord, Jesus Christ!