A Grateful Life
“Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!”
The mark of a believer is thanksgiving and gratitude. We have grateful hearts because of what Christ has done for us. We enter into the presence of God with thanksgiving and praise.
The people of Israel would often bring sacrifices to celebrate great events. They would celebrate in particular their redemption, whether for crossing the Red Sea or their trip through the desert to the land of Promise. They would celebrate with massive festivals.
Much like the American tradition of Thanksgiving in which we celebrate Thanksgiving as a nation. The nation of Israel would celebrate with feasts and festivals, and they would bring sacrifices offered to God in thanksgiving.
We all have sinned against God and rebelled against a holy God. And yet God has loved us, He has saved us, He has brought us into His family, and now we belong to Him. It’s no wonder we say, “Thank you, Lord,” and bring these sacrifices of praise to God!
When you think about what Christ has done for you, you can’t help but thank Him. When you think of the goodness of God and remember and reflect upon it, you cannot help but offer these sacrifices of thanksgiving to God. Not just because of the way you feel, but because of what you know!
GIVE THANKS NOT BECAUSE ALL THINGS ARE GOOD, BUT BECAUSE GOD IS ALWAYS GOOD!