So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. Colossians 2:6-7
I will praise God’s name in song and glorify him with thanksgiving. Psalm 69:30
Why is our gratitude so valuable to God? Our gratitude is something we possess that God desires. The sacrifice of thanksgiving glorifies God more than any effort we can bring to God. Why does it have such great worth in His eyes? Our gratitude magnifies God and is our acknowledgment that God is good in all things. When our heart is grateful, we recognize Him as the ultimate gift giver, and God rejoices.
As a father of two young girls, nothing brings me more pleasure than watching my children enjoying themselves. I’ll never forget the look on their faces when we entered Disneyland on a family vacation – a picture of pure joy, excitement, and wonder. As they threw their arms around their mother for a hug and squealed, “This is awesome….thank you!,” I had to fight back the waterworks.
An encounter with Mickey Mouse is far from cheap. The vacation was very costly and took a great deal of work on our part (as well as my parents). But, the cost was the last thing on my mind when they twirled around in their Disney princess’s dresses. Their enjoyment was my pleasure. I think God responds the same way when He witnesses us enjoying the things He created. And when we react in thankfulness, the waterworks happen. But, don’t worry, they are tears of joy.
Gratitude is our best attempt to express the truth of God’s goodness. Even though we will never be able to express it truly, thanksgiving is our human way of magnifying Him and setting Him apart as He is. There is an element of both recognition and expression in our gratitude. A thankful heart shapes and forms us, leading us to express our praise in worship. The purest form of thanksgiving involves valuing God above all else and recognizing His holiness.
- Why is gratitude the greatest gift we can give to God?
God, today I am grateful for all You have done for me. But, more importantly, I am thankful for who You are. The God who created the universe knows me and desires for me to experience a life full of joy. You sent Your Son to make our relationship right. This is the greatest gift I’ve ever received. May my life overflow with gratitude. Help me to realize that You love me and work everything out for my good. In Your name, Jesus. Amen.