his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.
For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.” Psalm 136 is another Psalm, entirely about giving thanks to the Lord. It lists the many reasons why we should give thanks.
In order to start the process of finding an answer for the above question, we have to ask another question: when would it be appropriate to give thanks to God— or anyone for that matter? The most obvious answer is, after something is given to you. We teach our children to say thank you at very young age. Have you ever heard some people say, “What do you say to grandpa for giving you some spending money?” In our society, we have been trained to say thank you after we are given a gift.
In many cases, it is easier for most of us to give thanks after God has blessed us with something. Suppose you have been praying for something for a while. Then God finally gives it to you. That would be an appropriate time to give thanks to the Lord. At this time, you would be giving praise and thanks to the Lord the same way it is outlined in Psalm 100:4-5 and Psalm 111.
1 Chronicles 16:7-12 puts it this way: “(7) Then on that day David first appointed that thanksgiving be sung to the Lord by Asaph and his brothers. (8) ‘Oh give thanks to the Lord; call upon his name; make known his deeds among the peoples! (9) Sing to him, sing praises to him; tell of all his wondrous works! (10) Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice! (11) Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually! (12) Remember the wondrous works that he has done, his miracles and the judgments he uttered.’”
David is giving thanks for what God has done for him in the past, and what He has given to him in the past. So, it is right to give thanks for both the past and present blessings of the Lord. The Bible even tells us to remember what God has done for us in the past because in doing so, in most cases, remembering causes us to be thankful yet again for something He has done for us.
So here is the next question. Should we be thankful for the things that we have not yet received? Well, have you ever heard a child say to a parent, “Can I have candy (or a toy), please and thank you?” Interesting how a child would make a request, and give thanks, in the same breath.
What is this child thinking? In this child’s mind he knows that his father loves him, and that making a request like this is like exercising faith that he will get it. He’s confident that he’ll get it because his father loves him and likes to give him good things. So, in his mind, it is right to give thanks for the thing he has prepared his heart to receive.
So why does Paul connect giving thanks with letting your request be made known to God? Paul knows that by making this request, and giving thanks while doing it, will actually exercise your faith muscles. To give thanks for things not seen yet will stir faith up inside you. Giving thanks before you receive your blessing trains your brain to see things as God sees them. Think of the time when God told the Israelites to take the promise land, because He had already given it to them. All they had to do was see it the way God did. All they had to do was go get it.
What do you think would have happened if they thanked God first, before they went to scout the promised land? I know this is pure speculation, but you have to ask yourself, “what if they thanked God for giving them the land, right after he said it was given to them?” What would have happened to their faith level?
Perhaps it would be good practise to begin thanking God for the blessings that you are about to receive in your life— and I’m not talking about saying grace before a meal. I believe that Paul knew something about increasing faith. He knew that if you gave thanks while making your requests known, it would activate faith within you. Let me pray that for you right now: “Father in Heaven, can you increase my reader’s faith, and the amount of blessings in their life? Please and thank you.”
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Paul knew that if you gave thanks while making your requests known, it would activate faith within you.
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything, by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
Why does Paul connect thanksgiving with letting your requests being made known to God, and being anxious for nothing?
Let’s answer that by looking at Psalm 100:4-5, which says, “Enter
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