Giving thanks is good for us. Very good for us. It brings us right through His gates, into His courts. It takes our eyes off of adversity and focuses them on Jesus. Thanksgiving helps us see Him. It helps us absorb who He is. It helps us take into the depths of our being all His glorious goodness, all His power, all His infinite depths of love. It aids us in our quest to inhabit our place sitting with Him in heavenly realms, far above all the battles taking place down below.
Psalm 95 reiterates this connection for us: “Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving” (v. 2a). Thanksgiving sensitizes our hearts to the manifest presence of God. Towards the end of this psalm, Holy Spirit draws the contrast between the thankful heart and the hard heart. The hardened, unwilling heart will not enter His rest (v. 11). The thankful, worshipful heart will. Thanksgiving brings our heart into His rest.
In the book of Philippians, Holy Spirit also points out to us the vital connection between thanksgiving and supernatural peace: “…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” (4:6b-7).
As we purposefully unglue our eyes from our circumstances, and set them on His beauty, we begin to stir up our spirits with the giving of thanks. We praise Him for His faithfulness. The truth of His unfailing, beautiful, steadfast character and goodness begins to flood into our souls. The power of His shalom sets up a hedge of protection around our thoughts and emotions. Suddenly, our circumstances don’t seem quite as overwhelming as they did before. Peace begins to rule our inner space.
Yes, giving thanks is very, very good for us.
This Thanksgiving, let’s be intentional about setting aside some time to tell Daddy how grateful we are to Him, from deep, deep in our hearts. Let’s be thankful to Him, and bless His name!
What would you like to thank Daddy for today?