BIBLE READING: PSALMS 103:1-5
But You are holy, O You who are enthroned in [the holy place where] the praises of Israel [are offered]. Psalms 22:3(AMP)
The importance and benefits of Thanksgiving cannot be overemphasized. We are still exploring the subject of Thanksgiving and its benefits as we come to the end of the year 2020. One of the benefits of thanksgiving is that it ensures that we abide in the Presence of God. Our key scripture above says God is enthroned in the Praises of His saints, that means when we Praise God and thank Him, we create an atmosphere that is conducive for God’s Presence to tabernacle and dwell with us. So the more we Praise, the more God abides with us. The more we worship, the more of God’s Presence we attract. When we Praise and cultivate the Presence of God, God takes over our battles and the supernatural becomes natural.
On the other hand however, if we decide to be ungrateful by complaining, murmuring, grumbling, living in doubt or engage in unhealthy comparison of ourselves, we are indirectly issuing a quit notice to God from our lives and affairs which has disastrous consequences as stated in Jude 14-16 – ” It was about these people that] Enoch, in the seventh generation from Adam, prophesied, when he said, “Look, the Lord came with myriads of His holy ones to execute judgment upon all, and to convict all the ungodly of all the ungodly deeds they have done in an ungodly way, and of all the harsh and cruel things ungodly sinners have spoken against Him.” These people are [habitual] murmurers, griping and complaining, following after their own desires [controlled by passion]; they speak arrogantly, [pretending admiration and] flattering people to gain an advantage(AMP).
From Scripture above, we understand that God hates murmuring and complaining as seen in the wilderness and the judgment occasioned in the passage. It was a huge part of the reason why the Israelites who died in the wilderness didn’t make it to the promised land despite the promises to their Fathers and the mighty deliverance they experienced in Egypt.
So as this year ends, when things are well, Praise and Thank God. When things seem not to be going so well, Praise and Thank Him because all things are working together for our good. Your Praises will invite God on the scene and He will turn that situation around for you.
Lord Jesus, I thank You for this year. Thank You for the things that went well and also for the things that didn’t go exactly the way I expected. I thank You because I know You have a way of making all things work to my favor. I give You Praise and I know it will all turn out right in Jesus name. Amen!