Always be grateful

Ephesians-5-19-21Taken from Ephesians 5:19-20, the Verse of the Day offers a great exhortation to always be grateful:

Speak out to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, offering praise with voices [and instruments] and making melody with all your heart to the Lord,

At all times and for everything giving thanks in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God the Father.

Colossians 3:16-17 (AMP) offer a corresponding reminder of the same principles, also referring to “psalms and hymns and spiritual songs”:

16 Let the word [spoken by] Christ (the Messiah) have its home [in your hearts and minds] and dwell in you in [all its] richness, as you teach and admonish and train one another in all insight and intelligence and wisdom [in spiritual things, and as you sing] psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, making melody to God with [His] grace in your hearts.

17 And whatever you do [no matter what it is] in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus and in [dependence upon] His Person, giving praise to God the Father through Him.

The Word of God reveals further reveals that the giving of thanks is to be more than an occasional act of gratitude; it is to be an ongoing part of our lives.

Take a look at Philippians 4:6-7(AMP)

Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition ([a]definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God.

And God’s peace [shall be yours, that [b]tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and being content with its earthly lot of whatever sort that is, that peace] which transcends all understanding shall [c]garrison and mount guard over your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

The Scripture Memory Song “Do Not Be Anxious” (Philippians 4:6-7) conveys the same message:

Hebrews 13:15 in the Amplified Bible offers this reminder:

15 Through Him, therefore, let us constantly and at all times offer up to God a sacrifice of praise, which is the fruit of lips that thankfully acknowledge and confess and glorify His name.

This verse brings to mind the song “We Bring the Sacrifice of Praise”:

Perhaps the most dramatic reminder to live in continuous thanksgiving is found in I Thessalonians 5:18:

18 Thank [God] in everything [no matter what the circumstances may be, be thankful and give thanks], for this is the will of God for you [who are] in Christ Jesus [the Revealer and Mediator of that will].

The King James Version renders the verse this way:

In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

Here are lyrics to another Scripture Memory Song “In Everything Give Thanks”:

In everything give thanks,

In everything give thanks,

For this is the will of God

In Christ Jesus concerning you.

Repeat

When things in life don’t seem to turn out

Just as we think they should,

We know that God still has a grand plan

And works all things together—

He works all things together for our good.

In everything give thanks,

In everything give thanks,

For this is the will of God

In Christ Jesus concerning you.

The sun shines bright or the darkest night,

No matter what the mood,

We still give thanks always for all things.

In the name of Jesus Christ,

We keep an attitude of gratitude.

In everything give thanks,

In everything give thanks,

For this is the will of God

In Christ Jesus concerning you.

The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir offers this beautiful summation of the matter: “In Everything Give Him Thanks.”

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