PRAISE AND THANKSGIVING
our relationship with God, praise and thanksgiving play a very
important role. When we praise God, we worship Him for who He is, and
praise Him for what He has done.
we praise Him, we appropriate His blessings as we already read in
Ephesians 1:3. When we praise God we accept and acknowledge all that
He has given us. God wants us to praise Him so that we can be
blessed. Thanking God is also vital in our relationship with God.
When we thank God it affirms our position and strengthens our stand
in Him, and helps us to hold on to our blessing.
also changes our heart’s attitude towards God and one another, and
to the situation around us. Hence by thanksgiving we not only become
recipients of His blessings, but also become channel of blessings to
we learn to thank God, no one will be able to take away what God has
done for us or given to us. Thus, thanksgiving has tremendous power
in our lives. That’s why we must learn to thank God for everything.
You can honor God by offering Him your gratitude. (Ps 50:23, 14-15).
by thanking God in all circumstances we are fulfilling His will in
our lives. (1 Thes 5:18)
enemy cannot touch the person who has praise on his mouth and
thanksgiving in his heart. Enemy not only hates such a person, but
flees from such a believer. As it is written “May the praise of
God be in their mouths and a double-edged sword in their hands, to
inflict vengeance on the nations, and punishment on the peoples, to
bind their kings with fetters, their nobles with shackles of iron, to
carry out the sentence written against them. This is the glory of all
his saints. Praise the LORD. (Ps 149:6-9)
and thanksgiving not only brings us in the right position with God
but it also draws us closer to Him, and hence, it leads us to worship
Him and have intimacy with Him. Thanksgiving keeps us in a position
of humility as we acknowledge that every good and perfect gift comes
from Him. As we thank Him we are not taking His blessings for
granted, but show our heart of gratitude towards Him. This will bring
healing and wholeness to us in return.
we draw closer to God we begin to exalt Him for who He is. We adore
Him, enthrone Him, we proclaim His Lordship and Kingship over our
lives. When we worship God we come under His rule, His authority, we
learn to subject to His will.
is the place where we accept His authority over our lives. It is the
time when we humble ourselves before Him. Worship from the heart
positions us for obedience, as it is absolute surrender. This is the
reason worship leads us to His inner chamber where we begin to speak
the things that are closest to His heart. Thus, worship gives us a
strong desire to pray, and enables us to be intimate with God. When
we worship, we offer our lives to God as a living sacrifice. (Romans
12:1). That’s where our intimacy begins; hence let us learn about
this in detail.
From “Catch the Glorious Fire” by Ps Paul Quadros