By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name. (Hebrews 13:15)
Today's Morsel: What are you thankful for today? Did you remember to give God thanks for this day and for all the benefits He has rendered unto you? Did you thank Him for family, friends, employment, shelter, food, clothing, and most importantly for the Holy Ghost and your salvation? Under the law, the children of Israel were required to bring a thanksgiving offering to the Lord (Leviticus 7:11-15). Their offering was to be given freely. No arm twisting. Just because they were thankful and wanted to show thankfulness to God for all that He had done. When we turn to the New Testament, our sacrifice is to be with our lips, giving thanks and praise unto His name. When we remember to say thank you, on a continual basis, God becomes well pleased with our offering. When people aren't thankful, it's a sign of discontentment and dissatisfaction. But on the other hand, when we are content and satisfied with who we are, and what we have, it is easy for us to be thankful. We must learn to cultivate an attitude of gratitude and not an attitude of ingratitude. So many seem to be ungrateful today. But this isn't anything new. Paul said that in the last days men would be unthankful (2 Tim 3:1-7). But as the saints of old use to say, "When I think of the goodness of Jesus, and all that He has done for me, my soul cries out hallelujah, and I thank God for saving me." The difference between gratitude and ingratitude is "in". If you are "in" Christ, then you should be thankful and grateful. But if not, then you will always cultivate and nurture a spirit of unthankfulness and ungratefulness. Which best describes you? Praise is really just thanking God for what He has done and is doing for you. Oh, by the way, don't forget that monetary offering. It's part of your worship.
Sing: Thanks, Thanks, I give you thanks, for all you have done. I am so blessed, my soul has found rest. O Lord, I give you thanks.