EVERY WORD OF GOD FOR DAILY LIVING
BY PASTOR PAUL RIKA:
INTERNATIONAL DIRECTOR Holiness Revival Movement Worldwide
TITLE: WHY GOD DESERVES YOUR THANKSGIVING AND PRAISES ALWAYS
DATE: FRIDAY, AUGUST 27TH, 2021
TEXT: PSALM 30:11-12 KJV
11) Thou hast turned for me my mourning into dancing: thou hast put off my sackcloth, and girded me with gladness;
12) To the end that my glory may sing praise to thee, and not be silent. O LORD my God, I will give thanks unto thee for ever.
KEY VERSE: 1THESSALONIANS 5:18
In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
In everything give thanks and praises to God. This is what God desires from His children. Our thanks and praises should ascend to God in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ in everything: good or evil, in pleasure or in pain, in the joy of life or in the dread of death. God requires this from every believer. It is good for the Christian. However, praise and thanksgiving to God are often forgotten by men in times of peace, prosperity and pleasure.
The scripture warns every child of God against this transgression and costly forgetfulness (Deuteronomy 7:6-25). To forget to give God praise and thanks in your good times deprives your soul of humility and fills it with the pride of self-accomplishment. The heart of the one who forgets God in his achievements claims that he got it by his own power, wisdom, ability, and connection. He may also ascribe the glory to other human beings or even to demons (Daniel 4:30; Esther 5:11-12).
Never fail to give God praise and thanks for all the good things in your life. They come from Him and He wants you to realize this and appreciate Him. “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.” (James 1:17) Thank Him for the knowledge, wisdom, understanding, connections, human helps, open doors, favours, and grace He has given you.
Praise and thanksgiving to God is a scriptural command, instruction and counsel. God wants us to praise Him when things are hard, unpleasant and ugly (whether imagined or real). You may be wondering why God should be praised for what Satan has done as in the case of Job. The wisest thing is to heed the command and instruction of scripture. In your hard and difficult times, praise God, thank God, worship God.
Job demonstrated this truth to us in his practical Christian life. He praised and worshipped God in the worst situation of life to the bewilderment of His wife. The Lord wants us to learn this from the life of Job (Romans 15:4). Our situation may not even be as terrible as Job’s. But if he praised and worshipped God in dark moments of life, we too can praise God in our dark days (Job 1:20-22).
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Your righteous standing in times of trouble proves your genuine faith in God.
SONG FOR THE DAY: Praise God Alleluia, Praise God Amen…
BIBLE READING FOR THE DAY: Psalm 136-138; 1 Corinthians 9