And I will offer you a thanksgiving sacrifice and call on the name of the LORD—Psalm 116:17
Being grateful is a choice—a choice not to constantly complain, but to give thanks in everything. Gratitude is what we express when we take time to remember God’s past provisions. Today, we have much to be thankful for.
Someone once said, “If you have food in your fridge, clothes on your body, a roof over your head, and a place to sleep, you’re richer than 75% of the entire world. If you have money in your wallet, a little change, and can go anywhere you want, you’re among the top 18% of the world’s wealthy people. If you woke up this morning with more health than illness, you’re more blessed than the million people who didn’t survive last week and died. If you can actually HEAR or READ this message, and understand it, you are more fortunate than 3 billion people in the world who can’t see, hear, and read or who suffer from mental retardation.”
Life shouldn’t be about grumbling and complaining, it should be about a million other reasons why we ought to be grateful to God.
The Bible is loaded with verses on giving thanks. For the most part, our problem is that we don’t know what we ought to be thankful for. Instead, we often choose to complain about anything and everything. We live in a culture of complaint. The Book of Psalms contain a treasury of words that call thanksgiving a sacrifice.
Why is it a sacrifice to give thanks to the LORD? Because being thankful forces us to take our eyes off ourselves and focus them on the LORD. Giving up our self-centered lives is the kind of sacrificial surrender that pleases God.