What is Giving Thanks to God ?
“Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His BENEFITS.” Psalms 103:2
Giving thanks to God is recognizing and considering the works, acts, blessings, and kindness that God has granted us, sometimes even when we are unaware of them.
That’s why giving thanks to God is the act of pausing, taking a moment to simply say to God: THANK YOU. It is extremely dangerous to despise or forget to give thanks to God for the blessings that are due to Him. Everything God does, He does for His own glory and out of love for us, but sometimes we forget to express our gratitude.
We live in a fast-paced world, often taking things for granted that are not guaranteed at all. That’s why we must be aware of the power in saying thank you to God. In Psalm 103:2, the Psalmist encourages us to have a grateful heart.
Therefore, it is essential to understand the importance of thanksgiving and very dangerous not to value the acts, works, blessings, graces, and kindness that we can receive from God. That’s why God says:
“When you have eaten and are satisfied, be careful not to forget the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery…” Deuteronomy 6:12
Hence, it is necessary never to forget what God has done for us. We should continually come back to Him to say “Thank You” because He is the God of grace and shows mercy to whom He wills and when He wills.
Indeed, there are many small things in thanksgiving that may seem insignificant to us but can cause us great pain. However, we can avoid certain pains when we practice gratitude. In the upcoming articles, we will present the five things we would never see if we do not give thanks to God.
This text is an excerpt from the book “MATONDO: Living through Thanksgiving” written by Pastors Kongolo Kazadi Lukuna, Arlette Manegabe, Athom’s Mbuma, David Kajisu, Fifi Bilolo Tunasi, Grâce Tshiashala, Michael Tettey, Sissi Bogoli, Tracien Boma.