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I will praise the name of God with a song; I will magnify him with thanksgiving.
The more I know the Lord and the more I see of His goodness, character, and love, the more I spontaneously desire to praise and thank Him. It is a natural outpouring that results from understanding who God is and acknowledging all of the innumerable blessings He has given me. Truly, it is the only appropriate response for me as a believer in Christ to my kind, loving, generous, gracious Creator, Savior, and Lord.
Of course, some days praise and thanksgiving comes more easily than others. But whether I feel like giving praise and thanking God or not, there are many good reasons that I want to live a continual lifestyle of praise and thanksgiving to the Lord. Thankfully, this is a choice of the will that I can make no matter how I may feel in the moment.
11 reasons I want to enthusiastically embrace praise and thanksgiving every single day:
- God alone is worthy of all of my praise and thanksgiving.
- He is the Creator of the entire universe. (Gen. 1:1, Col. 1:16)
- He gave me life and every good thing. (Gen. 2:7, Matt. 7:11, Luke 12:24, James 1:17)
- He alone is God and there is no other god. (Isa. 44:6)
- He alone is completely good. He is love. He is light. He is truth. He is holy. He hates evil and sin. He is just. He is kind. He is generous. He is sovereign. He is omnipresent. He is omnipotent. He is perfect. (Verses about God’s character)
- God calls me, and all believers in Christ, to praise as a vocation – here on earth and in heaven.
- God created people to praise and worship Him. (Isa. 43:21, Eph. 5:19, Heb. 13:15)
- I am most joyous, fulfilled, and satisfied when I choose to live out my divine calling and purpose from God.
- It is God’s will for me to live in continual thanksgiving and praise.
- An attitude like this puts God and my problems in proper perspective and grows my faith.
- God commands me, as a believer in Christ, to live in thanksgiving and praise because it greatly blesses me, it is an appropriate response to Him, and it honors Him. (Ps. 50:14, Ps. 99:5, Isa. 42:10, 1 Thess. 5:18)
- My praise for and thanksgiving to God align me with His good purposes and His will for my life and His kingdom.
- My praise and thanksgiving to the Lord help to transform wrong, sinful thinking.
- It is part of allowing God to renew my mind. (Rom. 12:2)
- When I am boasting in God, I am not boasting in myself. God opposes my human pride but gives grace to me when I am humble. (James 4:6)
- I acknowledge that He is God and He has all the rights of being Lord and I do not. I learn to lean on His wisdom rather than my own human wisdom. (Prov. 3:5-6)
- I learn to develop an eternal perspective rather than a temporal one – to see how God will use all things for my ultimate good and His ultimate glory. (Rom. 8:28-29)
- Praise and thanksgiving are a huge part of how we take our thoughts captive for Christ. (2 Cor. 10:5)
- God inhabits the praises of His people.
- My praise attracts God, makes Him feel welcome, and draws me closer to Him and Him closer to me. (Ps. 22:3, 1 Pet. 2:9)
- My praise and gratitude to God create a spirit of faith and trust in me. (Prov. 3:5-6, Heb. 11:6)
- As I see God for who He really is and all that He has done, I realize I have no reason to fear, unbelief, doubt. My fears melt away as I grasp His greatness and as I taste His goodness. (1 John 4:18)
- When I remind myself of God’s faithfulness in the past, I see that He will also be faithful in my current and future circumstances. (Ps. 42:6)
- Thanksgiving is how God instructs us to approach Him in prayer.
- God hates my grumbling/complaining/arguing because it is a clear sign of unbelief and lack of faith. (Num. 14:27)
- God responds graciously to my gratitude, trust, and faith. (Phil. 4:6)
- Demons feel very unwelcome when there is praise and thanksgiving to God going on.
- My praise and thanksgiving to the Lord is a spiritual weapon. As I sing praises to the Lord, evil spirits flee. (1 Sam. 16:23)
- Sometimes trials come from the enemy to test my faith – just like with Job – to prove that I will turn against the Lord and stop praising Him if I suffer temporarily in this life. (Job 1:9-12)
- May I never give the enemy of my soul any occasion to mock the Lord! But may I continue to praise God and trust Him no matter what may happen here on earth, knowing He is with me and He is for me and that no weapon formed against me shall prosper! (Isa. 54:17)
- When I stand on God’s Word and proclaim His truth and praise out loud in faith in Jesus, demonic opposition cannot stand against me. I don’t have power against demons/Satan in my own strength, but in the Name and power of Jesus, I can resist the enemy with the truth about God and the truth of God’s Word. (James 4:7)
- Praise and thanksgiving are powerful spiritual prescriptions for depression, discouragement, anxiety, and fear.
- When David wrote the Psalms, he poured out his heart, burdens, trials, and heavy emotions. Then he always reminded himself to praise God, even when he faced humanly impossible circumstances and his very life was in jeopardy. (Ps. 42:5)
- It is impossible to continue to feel depressed, defeated, lonely, or discouraged when I set my eyes firmly on the Lord in all His glory and I see His goodness, love, and provision for me! God is infinitely greater than my circumstances and other people.
- My sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving to the Lord open the floodgates of heaven to countless blessings:
- God’s provision.
- Answers to prayer.
- Miracles. (Acts 16:25-34)
- God’s glory. (1 Chron. 15:16, 2 Chron. 5:13)
- Spiritual victory. (2 Chron. 20)
- People coming to Christ! (Acts 16:25-34)
- God’s kingdom coming in my life and on earth. (1 Chron. 16:7, Jer. 30:19)
- Greater joy. (Neh. 12:31-33)
- Physical health benefits to me.
NOTE – Trials are a signal to me that I need to greatly increase my praise and thanksgiving to the Lord to allow much more of His Spirit, wisdom, and power to flow into my life and circumstances. My response when under any kind of spiritual attack or warfare must include much praise and thanksgiving to the Lord!
Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth! Serve the Lord with gladness!
Come into his presence with singing! Know that the Lord, he is God!
It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name!
For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.
How has God revealed these truths to you in your own walk with Him?
Bible Study Tools definition of Praise
Why Is Praising God Important? by www.gotquestions.org
What Does It Mean to Praise God? by www.gotquestions.org
What Does the Bible Say about Thankfulness/Gratitude? by www.gotquestions.org
What Does the Bible Say about Ingratitude/Unthankfulness? by www.gotquestions.org
I really appreciate this part of your post: “Trials are a signal to me that I need to greatly increase my praise and thanksgiving to the Lord to allow much more of His Spirit, wisdom, and power to flow into my life and circumstances”.
It served as a very powerful reminder to praise him in the midst of every storm and trust him with all of my heart.
Lots of love,
I think this is such a critical thing for us to know as believers! I’m really glad this was a blessing to you. Praying for God’s continued beautiful work in your life and family and for His greatest glory!
Your blog of Top 5 Pitfalls on this Journey is my favorite. Printed it and meditate on it a lot! This blog comes in a close second! My waiting on the Lord can get really challenging as I wait for answers to a large prayer request. So #5 is very important to me. Sinful thinking is sneaking into my mind at times and I MUST shoot these down. Ugh! Renewing my mind consistently- not just when I feel I need it. Anyhow, Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. Much Love and Many Thanks for all the advice you have given me.
I’m so thankful to the Lord that those posts have been a blessing. They are some of my favorites, too!
Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family, as well. May the Lord richly bless your walk with Him and empower you to walk on the heights with Jesus!
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