Pray and Praise
For you tarnish your life with much fretting. You spoil your walk with much worry. Fretting and worry crush the treasures that the Lord has to offer, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving..
The weakness that is in myself, and the many things which I have to deplore in my past, or perhaps even in my present, make me thankful to know that my Father has brought in another Man, and has secured in Him all his own thoughts of blessing manward.
Believe and Act
Sparks is basically saying that all we are and have in Christ is already ours. To appropriate it is simply to believe it to be true and then act on that truth. It is to change from asking for what’s yours already – to thanking Him for it! It is actually accepting what is already yours in Christ, with thanksgiving and praise.
I know this may sound superficially simplistic, feebly facile or nauseatingly naive. I know this is quite likely to meet with words like, “I just don’t understand …” but appropriating our birthright and position in Christ is really very simple. It’s a move from a murmuring mentality for what you want – to grateful thanks for all the riches of God’s grace – you already have, in Christ. Murmuring and complaints are always linked with loss of fellowship and unbelief. Thanksgiving and confession is always linked with fellowship and trust in God.
STUDY in PRAYER
Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving.Colossians 4:2
Prayer is designed to accomplish God’s ends and God’s way in God’s time. Acceptable prayer can only be prayed in and through the Spirit of the almighty God – and this verse in Colossians mentions three important aspects of prayer: Devote yourselves to prayer – keeping alert in it – with an attitude of thanksgiving.
A few simple words outlines the high office and honour bestowed on all believers: CONTINUE in prayer – and WATCH in the same – with THANKSGIVING.
And we are to watch with grateful hearts – hearts of thanksgiving and praise to God.
But there is a THIRD instruction – we are to pray with thanksgiving.
3 Aspects of Prayer
1) Continue in Prayer2) Watch in the Same3) With Thanksgiving
Watching in prayer, is keeping wakeful ‘in’ the strength of the holy exercise of prayer against Sin,, and for God – but in THANKSGIVING: Letting the spirit and action of gratitude, (as it were)…surround your watching and praying lives.
Too often thanksgiving is forgotten, especially when a believer is under trial. There is preciousness and its power in thanksgiving, so never pray without GRATEFUL THANKS.
The Lord Himself is that first and ultimate expression of watchful prayer with thanks.
It may take a day or a month, I do not know how long, but I do know that when any child of God will believe and begin to express that faith in thanksgiving, day by day thanking Him for the fact which one may not yet have experienced, the Holy Spirit will lead that one into a glorious personal realization of his identification with the Lord Jesus in His death, burial, resurrection and ascension. -L.L.L.
God delights in our praise and thanksgiving – He loves a grateful heart.
I must day-by-day safeguard against my failure to rehearse and practice thanksgiving.
How can I be thankful for my loss, my pain, my distress, my loneliness, my illness …..
He can do it for me today… And He can do it for you too – beloved one. Today when pain and anguish clasp their icy fingers around my throat, I know it is praise and thanksgiving that can loose their vice-like grip – but it is no good thinking about it – it needs action- mine and God’s.
We are the recipients of the wonderful story of grace conceived in the Father’s heart. Again and again, let us join in thankful praise of the glory of His wonderful name. Chosen by the Father. Purchased by the Son. Sealed by the Spirit – I’m His very own. Oh!
Like Moses we too can become faint and weary – discouraged or disillusioned, and as in the time of Amalek, the enemy watches for any weak link in our armour. But we can intercede like Moses, Aaron and Hur – in this brutal battle of the ages. We can use “all-prayer” with thanksgiving – against the enemy’s onslaught. We too can hold aloft the rod of God’s power – our sword of the Spirit of Christ. We too can hold up each others hands in prayer – in this battle to the death.
Since we are in Christ we are to keep on being built up and strengthened in the faith. We are to remain firm in the faith and overflow with thanksgiving and praise to Him. Having been firmly rooted and now being built up in Him and established in your faith, just as you were instructed – and overflowing with gratitude. Colossians 2:7
We are part of God’s throne ministry of prayer and we are exhorted to:- be diligent : be watchful : be thankful : be faithful : be obedient : and trust the Lord.
Much of Christ’s life exemplified how the man of God should live and pray. Christ’s life demonstrated an unfailing, trusting obedience to the heavenly Father.. a simple, uncompromising trust in the Father – that did only what the Father did.. a life that remained in continuous and ongoing fellowship with the Father.. a life that is in love with the Father and a heart that prays, Thy will be done – a life that translated into unceasing; persevering; grateful; obedient; trusting prayer. Christ’s life reflected a life of continuous; gracious; thankful; trusting communion.
Trial and Difficulties
Thanksgiving is not always a sentiment accompanying a life of trial and difficulties. Praise and worship is not the first behaviour displayed in times of desperate need. Grateful thanks are hardly an emotion we adopt when we are in deep pain or trouble.
Prayer and Praises
As the armies of Hezekiah began to praise – it was then that the enemy was routed. As Gideon army was reduced down to the impossible – it was then the Lord worked. Despite a hopeless and shocking situation looming ahead – Habakkuk praised God – and we are called-on to be trusting, obedient, thankful people of prayer and praise.
Jesus Himself is the best example of simple trust, deep love and unfailing obedience. Christ displayed these virtues in His deep travail in the Garden of Gethsemane. No life, is a better illustration of man’s of ceaseless; purposeful; thankful intercession.
Thy Will Be Done
Lord – here am I – use me to carry out Your will in my life – Thy will be done. Such is a prayer that all God’s children can pray – when His will is central, (but it can only be uttered by a continuing, persevering, thankful, obedient heart) I delight to do Thy will, were the words that fell from Christ’s lips… (I desire, I am grateful; I am thankful – I am well-pleased to do Thy will..)
Prayer with Thanksgiving
Power is added to prayer when no matter what – we delight to do His will..
and praying with thanksgiving has a deeper meaning that expressed on the surface.
It is being thankful despite our situation – it is being thankful IN our situation.
The power behind loving; obedient; thanksgiving, watchful; thankful; trusting prayer..
Continue in Prayer
We’re exhorted to continue in prayer, to watch in the same, to pray with thanksgiving..
to be diligent, watchful, thankful, faithful, obedient, and trusting the Lord.
Truth of God
Recently as I ‘happened’ across this short video. In it there are 0ne hundred names of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. One Hundred examples of the truth of Who God undeniably is. If we were to take just ONE name each day and prayerfully focus on that truth… if we were to reflect on ONE attribute daily – in gratitude, honour praise and thanksgiving… if we were to meditate on ONE characteristic each day – in deepest humility of heart, I believe any and all of our distortions would be replaced with a deeper knowledge and understanding of Him.
Fullness of God’s Love
As we abide in Christ so He will dwell in our hearts by faith – with thanksgiving.. That we may not only know about God’s love, but to know God’s love in reality.. that we not only know He is life – but to have His life living within our heart – that we might be filled will all the fullness of God’s love – as an actuality.
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known unto God, and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, shall guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.Philippians 4:6,7
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.Philippians 4:6-7
Be careful for nothing –Be anxious for nothing –Don’t be concerned about anything –Don’t worry about anything whatsoever, but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known unto GodPhilippians 4:6
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, and be very thankful and content in all things Phil.4:11 - and finally brethren… whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honourable, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are commendable, if anything is excellent and worthy of praise – think on these things.
And we who trust in Christ as Saviour should heed the truth of God's Word in our hearts, by faith with thanksgiving until the day when Christ returns for us in the clouds, to take us to be with Himself forever.
Our faith in God pleases Him while our thanksgiving glorifies Him and the one that glorifies the Father is the true worshipper who worships Him in spirit and truth.
Genuine thanksgiving to the Lord is a freewill offering; a sacrifice of praise; a living sacrifice – a gift of love, which is a sweet-smelling savour to the Lord our God.
Such an offering is not merely to be an external display of reverent homage, or a gesture of pious religiosity but an inner spirit of genuine gratefulness – a heart overflowing with adoration that springs from the man or woman that is deeply in love with the Lord – indeed no act of thanksgiving nor any form of worship that does not spring forth from the inner being that loves the Lord is acceptable to Him.
And so, we read the one who offers thanksgiving as his sacrifice glorifies Me and to him who orders his way aright I shall show the salvation of God.
Our faith in God pleases Him while our genuine thanksgiving glorifies Him.
David was justified when he was a young shepherd-boy, tending his father's sheep, but the more he discovered of the long-suffering, faithfulness of God the more his heart overflowed with thanksgiving and praise.
This was at this critical moment in Christ's ministry when Jesus offered the most beautiful prayer of thanksgiving to His Father - the Lord of heaven and earth.
I am sure that Christ offered this glorious prayer of thanksgiving and praise audibly to start teaching his devoted followers, truths that would have to be more fully revealed later, for He continued - All things have been entrusted to Me by My Father.
Let us take this warning to heart and live our life in praise and thanksgiving for what Christ has done for us and let us seek to share the good news of the gospel of grace with many who remain dead in their sins and under God's righteous condemnation.
We are to know in our heart, by faith with thanksgiving, that He is the Lord our God... Who pardons all our iniquities and heals all our diseases; Who redeems our life from the pit and crowns us with lovingkindness and compassion.
Although the nations rage like the billows of the sea and the people imagine a vain thing against the Lord God Almighty, we are called to be still in the presence of the Lord and to know Him in our heart by faith, with thanksgiving.
Prayer develops in each of us an attitude of heart and mind, that delights in continuous communion with the Lord Jesus.Prayers, intercession, supplications, petitions and thanksgiving are to be made for all men, and we are urged to rejoice in the Lord always, to pray without ceasing and in everything to give thanks to our Father in heaven – for this is God’s will for each of His children.The closer one grows to the Lord in prayer and praise, the more we rely on our prayerful communion with Him, to supply all our needs, according to His riches in glory.
And rather than thankful praise for the work that God is doing through others, and a dear desire that they mature in the faith, too often a bitter attitude toward fellow brothers and sisters in Christ is nurtured.
Today, we in the Church teach the Gospel of the Grace of God, but in the tribulation, Israel will declare the Gospel of the coming Kingdom of Christ – And in the millennial kingdom Old Testament saints, Church-age saints and Tribulation saints, will unite their voices in praise and thanksgiving for Christ – the Lamb of God and King of Israel, Who takes away the sin of the world.
Zechariah quoted many Old Testament verses in his beautiful song of thanksgiving, which pointed to the Lord Jesus, Who would bring salvation to Israel, deliverance from their enemies and freedom from the hands of all who hated them.
May we cultivate an attitude of humble gratitude and joyful thanksgiving - for it is good to sing praises to the God of our salvation: for He hath clothed us with the garments of salvation, He hath covered us with His robe of righteousness.
A victorious life that withstands Satan not only humbly submits to God but draws closer to the Lord, with an attitude of thanksgiving and praise combined with ceaseless prayer, ongoing fellowship, and a trusting heart that walks in spirit and truth.
The sacrifice that God required of those that are purchased by the blood of Christ is that their lives become a living sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving to the Saviour Who bought us with His own precious blood.
In the previous Psalm the Lord had promised to hear and answer the prayers of His servant; to fight for His people and bring them to victory over their enemies and here we read of king's thanksgiving and overflowing joy for their great deliverance and triumph over their foe.
Although we are not told in Scripture, it is likely that the tithe Abram gave to Melchizedek was a tenth of his own, personal wealth, in thanksgiving and praise for God's protection and providential care during his dangerous rescue mission, for he vigorously refused to accept so much as a shoelace from the wicked king of Sodom, for saving the people of Sodom and returning their stolen wealth.
Our worship, praise and thanksgiving will resound throughout the eternal ages to come because God had graciously called us out of the darkness of sin and death, and a life without Christ, into the glorious light of His holy presence and eternal light and love.
Following his initial greeting Paul plunges into praise and thanksgiving to God for the faithful works and loving deeds of the dear believers in Thessalonica, and for their continual anticipation of Christ's return for His people.
Many consider that Hannah’s beautiful prayer of praise and thanksgiving, influenced the song of Mary, whose supernatural conception, centuries later, would bring forth the Messiah of Israel: My heart exults in the Lord.
My horn is exalted in God, was Hannah’s exultant prayer of praise and thanksgiving, My mouth speaks boldly against my enemies, because I rejoice in Your salvation… The bows of the mighty are shattered, but the feeble gird on strength… The LORD will judge the ends of the earth.
for one reason or another, may not be able to lift up their needs to the Lord in prayer... and finally Paul entreats us to offer up thanksgiving and praise to the Lord at all times, and for all things.
And the instruction we receive from James is no different from the godly advice we have from the other apostles, for James also calls us to meet our various trials with an attitude of joyful thanksgiving, knowing that the testing of our faith produces endurance - and if we meet endurance with a godly attitude of complete dependence upon God and trust in His unfailing Word, we discover that the end result of that testing trial will be the perfecting of our faith, as we grow in grace and draw closer to our heavenly Father - in love.
but we are to do this with a heart of thanksgiving and an attitude of worship.
True prayer comes from a worshipful heart of thanksgiving and praise, that is looking to the Lord by faith to supply everything we need, according to His riches in glory.
It is by faith that every anxious thought is banished from our heart, and when faith in our heavenly Father is translated into prayers and supplication, with thanksgiving..
May we maintain a heart of grateful thanksgiving and praise for all His goodness and grace to us, and may we be anxious about nothing, but in everything through our grateful prayers and entreaties make our requests known to Him.
Zachariah's unbelief when told that his old, barren wife - Elisabeth, was to bear a son who would be the forerunner to the Messiah, was replaced with a heart of thanksgiving and praise at the birth of his little baby boy.
The first thing that Paul wrote, after his characteristic greeting of.. grace be to you and peace, was a grateful word of thanksgiving to God, through Jesus Christ our Lord, for the faith, which was being proclaimed throughout the whole world..
He promised that He would garrison our heart; our mind; our emotions and our innermost thoughts as we focus our prayers and praises on Him - with thanksgiving!
And Paul reminds us that the best way is to react to anxious thoughts is to cast all our care upon Jesus and to take all our needs, necessities, concerns and cares to the Lord in prayer - but to do so with thanksgiving and praise.
No doubt when Simeon saw Mary with the baby Jesus his heart was stirred by the Holy Spirit so that he would take the baby into his arms and sing his memorable song of praise and thanksgiving: Now Lord, You are releasing Your bond-servant to depart in peace, according to Your word; for my eyes have seen Your salvation, which You have prepared in the presence of all peoples - a light of revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of Your people Israel.
Paul teaches the Philippian Christians that IF they are anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication make their requests known to God with a thankful heart - THEN the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard their hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
But the peace of God can too often be hindered when a heart is devoid of thanksgiving and praise.
for it is to this that the body in Christ has been called - and let us in all things be thankful.
to devote themselves to prayer, maintain an attitude of thanksgiving, conduct themselves with wisdom and grace, and make the most of their opportunity to speak of Christ, but he also asked them to pray for his own ministry - that the Lord would open doors for him and his team to share the gospel of grace and the mystery of Christ..
and how many obstacles would become glorious opportunities to lift up His name - in thankful praise to God the Father.
Were we to do everything.. (in word and in deed) in the name of the Lord Jesus and live our lives in total dependence upon Him. (through prayer and supplication with thanksgiving and praise), how honouring this would be to our heavenly Father.
May all we do in word or deed be done in His name - giving praise and thanksgiving to God the Father, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
To walk in the Spirit is to walk by faith and to immerse ourselves in the Word of God - it is to encourage one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, as we sing with grace and thanksgiving in our hearts to the Lord.
The first and most important thing on the mind of Paul was thanksgiving for the faith these believers had in the Lord Jesus, because testimony of their trust in God had reached to the farthest extremity of the known world. Indeed, the proof of Paul's deep love towards these Christians was that he lifted them up, in continuous, fervent prayer to God, in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Rather than proclaiming the gospel with the joy and thanksgiving for their salvation and to honour for their glorious Saviour, they were selfish, ambitious individuals, who had developed a spiteful, contentious disposition.
After a period of national fasting, individual repentance, prayer and the confession of their sin (and those of their Jewish forefathers,) the entire Jewish nation stood up, as one – to listen to the public reading of the Law of Moses and to give heed to the nations priestly leaders, who rehearsed a national prayer of praise and thanksgiving before the Lord.
It was a time of rejoicing and thanksgiving for God's gracious provision to His people.
However, the sacrifice of prayer and praise and the offering of thanksgiving and worship to the Lord, at the break of day and in the cool of the evening, should be a joy for each of us...together with the knowledge that we can boldly approach the throne of grace, any time of the day or night... for mercy to find grace in time of need.
May we follow in the steps of our Saviour and by the mercies of God, present our bodies, and our very lives, as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable unto God - for this is our reasonable service of thanksgiving and praise, to One Who gave Himself for us.
May we lift up our voices in thanksgiving and praise, and join with that magnificent truth - Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for Thou wast slain, and hast redeemed US to God by thy blood - out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation.
We have been given good instructions in Scripture on how to live... in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving we are to make our request known to God – for His grace is sufficient and when we live by faith and keep Him at the centre of our lives - His peace will flood our heart.
It is also to Jesus to Whom the indwelling Spirit of God directs our gaze and it is Jesus who demands our worship, praise and thanksgiving – for as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so that all who looked upon the bronze serpent would live, so Jesus was lifted up on the cross, so that all who look to Him would be saved by grace through faith and have forgiveness of sins and everlasting life.
Whatever the reason for the division, every 'book' tells the ongoing story of redemption and each section ends with a beautiful doxology of thanksgiving and praise to God.
and the last verse is one of thanksgiving and praise to the great God of the universe, Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting.
and serve as reminders to nurture humility of heart, as the graciousness of God is beautifully reveled through His promise of redemption - causing His people to offer praise and thanksgiving for the mighty miracles He has performed towards them.
David, the Psalmist, is finally is moved to rapturous rejoicing as he brings this fourth section to a close with warnings against ingratitude, murmuring; self-will; idolatry and gross disobedience... followed by the most glorious doxology of praise and thanksgiving - Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel... from everlasting even to everlasting.
God knows the importance of praise, the power of prayer and the benefits that accompany a thankful heart in the life of a believer, which is why so many writers of scriptures exhort us to rejoice in the Lord, to pray without ceasing and in everything to give thanks - indeed the apostle Paul explains that this is God's will for all His blood-bought children.
And here we discover the Psalmist giving glory to the Lord in an explosion of praise and joyful thanksgiving..
Although He was rejected at His first coming - this magnificent song of praise and thanksgiving that rejoices in his never-failing faithfulness throughout the generations and which glories in His return, will resound throughout the whole earth as Israel gathers to welcome their King, rejoicing in God's unfailing faithfulness and extolling the name of the Lord.
Those Whose feed on the Christ, in their heart by faith with thanksgiving, have eternal life and are freed from condemnation - because He is the Source and Sustainer of life.
the Rock of our salvation, the Hope of all the ends of the earth, and ALL who feed on Him in their hearts by faith, with thanksgiving... will eat of the Tree of Life and find Him to be their Source and Sustainer through time and into eternity.
But although we are called to put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness and long-suffering, where gracious consideration and genuine forgiveness of others are identified as vital qualities of the believer - it is love ruling the heart and peace protecting the soul that is given the main emphasis here. But above ALL, put on love which binds these things together the unity of the Spirit - and let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful.
Don't Be Aftaid, He Is Risen, are words that we should reflect upon in our heart by faith with thanksgiving, until we are flooded with the thrilling joy that must have been the experience of those faithful women.. 2000 years ago.
And yet godly living, through ceaseless prayer and thankful praise, is the Father's will for all His children - for it demonstrates a trust in the Lord, which pleases His heart and glorifies His holy name.
Indeed, Paul exhorts.. in everything by prayer and supplication, with praise and thanksgiving, make your requests known to Him.
we are wise when we lift-up cheerful hearts of joyful thanksgiving to the Lord..
When we treasure the things of this world, our heart is far from the Lord, but when He becomes the greatest Treasure of our lives, our heart will worship at His feet - in grateful thanksgiving and praise.
In consideration of all that God has given us freely, by faith in His Son, there should be no question that we should live our life in thanksgiving and praise for His goodness and grace, and offer to Him our acceptable service - with reverence and awe.
The fruit of a holy reverence for our Lord develops our deeper understanding of His beautiful attributes and eternal character and will burst forth into praise and thanksgiving – worship and reverential love from those that fear Him.
We are to feed on His Word by faith with thanksgiving, and we are to be continuously nourished by the milk and meat of the written Word of God, so that we may grow in grace and in a knowledge of the Lord Jesus - Who is the crucified; resurrected; ascended; living Word of God, Who is seated on the right hand of the Father.
We are all God's children and as we grow in grace and in an understanding of His Word of truth, our hearts should be unfeignedly thankful, for His goodness and grace.
As believers who have been saved by grace through faith in Christ, we are encouraged to develop an attitude of grateful praise and ceaseless thanksgiving, to our Father in heaven - for a man's spiritual maturity is reflected a heart of thanksgiving and praise for all that the Lord has done for us.
God's knows that thanksgiving and praise are no bedfellows to unforgiveness or fear.
The man or woman who turns often to prayer and maintains a worshipful attitude of prayer towards the Lord, is one who comes boldly to the throne of grace - to offer up prayer and praise, supplication and intercessions, petitions and thanksgiving.
He urged Timothy to make prayers and petitions on behalf of all persons, to encourage others to become praying people of God – and to ensure that when we petition our Father in heaven, we do so with a grateful heart of thanksgiving and praise.
Our God is a God who hears and answers the prayers of the godly and so Paul also urged Timothy and us, to keep on praying with an attitude of thanksgiving.
Only when the old self life remains nailed to the cross and the new life in Christ feeds of Him in our hearts, by faith, with thanksgiving and praise, can that love of Christ’s be manifested towards other and this is the way that we will know that we love God’s children - if we love God and obey His commandments: love as I have loved You.
This lovely Psalm explodes into a song of thanksgiving to God, because His mercy and loves endures forever.
This is not only a Psalm of the past, that celebrates Israel’s grateful thanks to their faithful God, Whose steadfast love endured forever – but it is a hymn of praise for the present – it is a song of thanksgiving that the church age can chorus with equal gusto and grateful hearts.
Not only does this lovely Psalm explodes into a song of thanksgiving but concludes with the pronouncement that all who are wise will see that God’s steadfast love toward Israel’s - is the same faithful love, yesterday, today and forever.
It was Paul who encouraged us to give thanks in everything – so let our hearts and voices explode into a great hymn of praise and thanksgiving to the LORD, for He is good - His steadfast love endures forever for His faithfulness extends throughout time and into the far reaches of eternity.
the fear of the Lord comes from a humble heart of worship, which has a reverential respect, a holy fear and a thankful heart for all that our Lord Jesus is, and all that God has done for each of His children - but for the unbeliever a fear of the Lord should stem from the convicting work of the Holy Spirit, in the heart of all sinners.
It is for all these reasons that the gentile nations and Israel are jointly called upon to enter into His gates with thanksgiving in their heart, to come into His courts with praise and to give thanks to Him and bless His name forever.
In the time of David, when this song of thanksgiving was written, it was worshippers of Israel who would process through the gates of the city of Jerusalem and up to the Temple of the Lord, with songs of praise on their lips.
Jew and Gentile, old and young, male and female, black and white, bond and free are all exhorted to enter His gates with thanksgiving and into His courts with praise. Everyone is summoned to give thanks to the Lord, for He is good and to bless His holy name, forever – for Christ died to pay the price of our sins and is risen to give us life immortal.
Let us enter into His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise and let us give thanks to Him and bless His name… for the Lord is good; His lovingkindness is everlasting, and His faithfulness endures throughout all generations.
The normal human reaction to the influx of persecutions and pain is an immediate desire to escape the advancing difficulties and dangers, but in reality we should embrace them with a thankful heart - confidently expecting our heavenly Father to use them for our spiritual benefit and for His eternal glory.
As believers we are the corporate body of Christ and when two or more members of Christ’s body are united in prayer or praise, thanksgiving or worship – we are in a small way fulfilling Christ’s high priestly prayer: that we may be one, even as He is One with the Father.
The psalmist desires that his prayers are well-pleasing to the Father - and that his humble petitions and heart-felt praise rise up to into heaven as a sacrifice of praise and a sweet-smelling savour to our God, as hands are lifted up in worship, thanksgiving and pleading supplications.
Like so many of Paul’s epistles this second letter to the Thessalonians opens with a prayer of thanksgiving and praise for the faith, hope, love and patience of these believers, amid the serious trials and tribulation they were facing.
And the king led the congregation of Israel in this wonderful prayer of blessing, thanksgiving and jubilant praise: Yours, O LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendour, for everything in heaven and earth is Yours.
But as soon as he refocused his heart on the Lord and remembered the many precious promises of God, which are 'yes' and 'amen' in Christ, he was able to pray effectively - with thanksgiving and praise and confidence.
And so David rejoiced with thanksgiving and praise..
But we need to approach Him reverently, prayerfully and confident that He hears and answers prayer - but our prayers and supplications should be done with a heart of praise and thanksgiving - a heart that not only trusts Him to keep His WORD, but a heart ready to say, Thy will not mine be done.
Having been rooted in Christ at salvation, believers should be continuously growing in the faith, in order to became increasingly stable in doctrinal knowledge and our understanding of the gospel - which will manifest itself in an ever increasing mental attitude of thanksgiving and grateful praise.
When David penned these words, they were in every respect a song of thankful worship to the Father that pointed to the coming Messiah, Who would be sent from heaven to become our sacrifice for sin.
May our lives be a sweet-smelling savour of thankful worship and reverential praise, so that we may live and move and have our being in the centre of His will - so that we may become true witness to our Father in heaven, and a true reflection of Christ within - so that through us, God will be glorified in the world.
No doubt in the ages to come we will show forth praise and thanksgiving to our heavenly Father that we heard and responded to the gospel of grace, by which we are saved - and embraced it with our whole heart and lives.
This is a beautiful song of rejoicing in the Lord where the theme of thanksgiving and praise for the goodness of God and His everlasting mercy, threads its way like a shining thread from beginning to end..
And when we are confronted with the problems and difficulties of life, we are to work these out in the power of the Spirit, by looking to Jesus, and by facing every life-challenge through prayer and praise, (with thanksgiving) - YES, we are to 'work out our salvation' in our own lives..
Paul is a man who demonstrates the godly principle of ongoing praise, ceaseless prayer and continuous thanksgiving, knowing that this is the will of God for all His children - thanksgiving for what God has already done in our lives and intercession for that which God will continue to do, as the Spirit conforms us into the image and likeness of the Lord Jesus, with every passing day.
God informed his servant that the promised land was not simply a life-time inheritance, but one that would pass from one generation to another. Immediately he built an alter to God and offered a burnt-sacrifice of thanksgiving and praise.
We are urged to be long-suffering and to patiently endure (with thanksgiving) the difficult life-circumstances in which we may find ourselves - and we are called to bear with one another and make allowances for our brothers and sisters in Christ - for in so doing we demonstrate the love of Christ, being lived through us.
This is the psalm of thanksgiving and joy that will be sung in the streets of Jerusalem when their Messiah-King returns from heaven to sit on the throne of His father David - for Judah will be saved; Israel will dwell securely, and they will herald the Lord Jesus Christ as, 'The LORD our righteousness.
Paul discovered that by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, God's promises are sure, His word is true, His grace is sufficient and all things work together for good, to those that love the Lord their God, with all their heart and are fitting into His plans and purposes.
No surprise that we are called-on to make a joyful noise and sing praises to the God of our salvation, for the Lord is good; His mercy endures forever, and His faithfulness lasts throughout every generation. No wonder we are encouraged to serve our God with gladness of heart and to praise Him with thanksgiving.
As His children we also are to cultivate this attitude of thanksgiving and praise, in our hearts and with our voices, for this is God's will for all His children.
Let us bless the Lord with our whole heart, knowing that the momentary troubles of this fleeting life will soon be over, and we too will be joining in the never-ending heavenly chorus of thanksgiving and praise. I will sing unto the LORD as long as I live: I will sing praise to my God while I have my being.
Let us rest in the truth of the incomparable, immeasurable, unsurpassing greatness of our omnipotent God and His grace and love towards us, who believe in Christ -He alone is worthy of our everlasting worship, praise and thanksgiving.
We have been instructed... that in everything, by prayer and supplication, to make our requests known to God, and we are to do it with thanksgiving and praise.
This little verse is part of a symphony of praise, to the God of heaven and earth, for He is worthy of our adoration and worship - our thanksgiving and praise.
The nations are urged to COME and to SEE, and to join in a unanimous chorus of thanksgiving and praise, for the wonderful works of God, and all that He has done for the children of men.
Surely the goodness and mercy of God shall follow us all the days of our life, and we should not hesitate to delight to sing His eternal praises, and offer Him the thanksgiving and honour that is due to His holy name.
We are to establish God's Word of truth in our heart and to reckon it to be true so that we may live our lives in submission to the Holy Spirit of God - by faith in our Savour, Jesus Christ, with thanksgiving in our hearts.
We are to develop a fervent belief and committed trust in God the Father, Who has given us eternal salvation by grace through faith and we are to walk in spirit and truth so that in Him we will be abundantly furnished with an unshakable and established trust, which will overflow in thanksgiving and praise to our heavenly King.
Paul reminded us that if we only have hope in this world then we are to be greatly pitied, but we who trust in Jesus as our sin-bearing Saviour can rejoice and lift up our voices in shouts of praise and thanksgiving - as did the apostle Paul and Israel's king David.
When difficulties arise in our lives and we are beset on every side with hardships and trials – we need to adopt the attitude of David in His many psalms of praise and thanksgiving – who reflected on God’s past goodness; rejoiced in His future promises and blessed the Lord for all the benefits that He bestows on us day by day – for the Lord is compassion and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in loving-kindness.
When the Lord Jesus taught His disciple to pray He did not give them a magic format to repeat as a vain repetition, but a method of prayer to use, as we approached the throne of grace - a model of prayer that embraces praise, worship, petition, supplications, intercessions, thanksgiving and fellowship with our Father in heaven.
Imagine - the blessed Lord rejoices over His children with singing, proclaiming His unconditional love towards us while pouring out His eternal heavenly grace over all that believe on His name - should we not let His word dwell in us richly in humble thanksgiving and holy reverence as we blend our voices with heavenly choirs of angels - singing psalms and hymns, and spiritual songs, with eternal gratitude in our hearts, to our great and gracious God.
but they show forth the inner joy of the Lord, when they sing and makes melody in the silent secrecy of their own heart - singing with thanksgiving and praise, in the privacy of their own inner being..
Yes a thankful heart, boldness in testifying to the truth of the gospel, power for spiritual service, open-hearted generosity towards others and the exaltation of the Lord Jesus Christ..
He knew that their joy would evaporate if they did not fill their hearts and minds with all that is pure and lovely, virtuous and praiseworthy - and Paul knew that only those that imitated his Christ-centred life, and stood firm on the glorious gospel of grace - with thanksgiving, would experience the precious peace of God, which passes human understanding, and be equipped to rejoice in the Lord in every situation.
And we are urged to pray rightly - which means that in everything we should, 'pray first!' Our supplications should be sincere for our prayers should be conducted in spirit and truth, while emanating from in a heart of thanksgiving and praise.
Peter expanded on his advice to love the life that God has graciously given us, and to make the most of time that we have on earth, by faith with thanksgiving - by commanding us to keep our tongue from speaking evil and our lips from telling lies.
Let us follow the example of Peter and David, and by faith make the most of the life that God has given us, by fostering a gracious attitude, a thankful heart and conversation that is full of grace and seasoned with salt, that edifies and encourages, to the glory of God.
Our pleadings and petitions, prayers and thankful praise should not be from a heart that is harbouring resentment or unforgiveness, anger or bitterness but from a heart that is holy and clean before the Lord, a heart that is gentle and gracious, a heart that is submissive before the Lord – for God looks on the state of our heart
So often we see that in times of trials and difficulties the Psalmists lifted up their voices in hymns of thanksgiving and praise - calling on the righteous to be joyful in the Lord, to rejoice in the God of their Salvation and to sing to the Lord with thankful hearts… for praise, worship and thanksgiving from the man or woman who loves the Lord, is beautiful and beneficial.
and as we submissively wait on the Lord's promises to be fulfilled, in prayer and praise and thanksgiving.
We need to confidently wait for the Lord to act on our behalf, knowing that His promises are “yes' and “amen' in Christ Jesus, and we need to faithfully wait on the Lord with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, making music to the Lord - in our hearts with thanksgiving and praise.
Paul was thankful for Timothy's spiritual heritage and although he warned that the Christian life was not always easy, he reminded him of his holy calling and that the suffering and shame God's people have to endure in this life must be understood from God's vantage point - which is an eternal perspective - which He gave to us before the world began.
Oh, we are indeed intensely thankful and eternally grateful that He loved us enough to die His ignominious death on the cross to save our damned souls, but God's Own love must be the foundation upon which our love for Him is firmly secured and His compassionate, perfect love in us, must be the fountain-head, through which our love streams-out into the lives of others.
And Paul could hardly conceal his praise and thanksgiving that in God's own time and God's own way, the Son of God was revealed; the message of redemption was proclaimed - and Paul was entrusted to preach the precious gospel of grace, as commanded by Christ - our God our Saviour.
Christ's entire life was one of prayer and praise, thanksgiving and worship, and the prayers and supplications offered in the garden and on the cross were not only a sacrificial offering to His Father, but were accompanied by strong cries and tears.
Grace is when we receive what we don't deserve, and mercy is not receiving what we DO deserve, while peace with God is given to all who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation... and the peace of God is what our heart can be filled with, when a believer walks in spirit and truth and in everything - by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, makes their requests known to God.
The spiritual believer feeds on the word of God by faith with thanksgiving and submits to the leading of the Holy Spirit, knowing that in myself I can do nothing – but in Christ I can do all things – for we live by the faith of the son of God and not by faith in our own abilities.
Let us therefore seek to grow in grace and in a knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ – let us seek to mature as a believer by faith with thanksgiving – knowing that of ourselves we can do nothing that will please God – but in Christ I can do all things in His strength - as I abide in Him.
The thanksgiving he expressed for their developing faith was clearly designed to encourage them to maintain their faith in the Lord and press on for the upward call we have in Christ Jesus, and so he began this personalised section by telling them, We give thanks to God always for all of you, making mention of you in our prayers.
Like the Lord Jesus Paul seems to have developed the desire to live his life in an attitude of prayer and throughout his writings we find him encouraging the body of Christ to prayer without ceasing; to pray always and in every situation to pray with a thankful heart and having done all... to keep on praying, knowing that our sufficient strength comes from God alone.