The dictionary defines thanksgiving as – a prayer, a public acknowledgement of divine goodness. While this may be a good working definition, it does lacks explanation of how important giving thanks should be in the life of every Christian. The Bible tells us how important giving thanks is in that giving thanks in all circumstances is God’s will for us in Christ Jesus – 1 Thess 5:18.
God never tells us to pretend that our immediate circumstances are not real, nor does He tell us that pain does not hurt or sorrow is not sad. What God does call us to do is gather our perspective in the midst of our circumstances from Him and our relationship to Him in Christ Jesus. Jesus would tell His confused, hurting, and troubled apostles, “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me (John 14:1).” Jesus’ words did not call His apostles to ignore their circumstances; they called them to choose to keep God’s promises and His faithfulness at the front of their minds so that they might endure their circumstances with hope. God who called us into fellowship with His Son is faithful (1 Cor 1:9), and remembering this we can be a people of true thanksgiving! Psalm 100 reminds us that the goodness and love of God are ours as His people.
1Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.
2Worship the Lord with gladness;
come before him with joyful songs.
3Know that the Lord is God.
It is he who made us, and we are his;
we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
4Enter his gates with thanksgiving
and his courts with praise;
give thanks to him and praise his name.
5For the Lord is good and his love endures forever;
his faithfulness continues through all generations.