Psalm 118:21 I thank you for answering my prayer and giving me victory!
After getting your breakfast at the drive thru, you tell the clerk “THANK YOU.”
After getting your coffee from the Starbucks clerk, you say “THANK YOU.”
While greeting your guests at your party, you say “THANK YOU for coming.”
When you are offered a job, you tell the interviewer “THANK YOU.”
Thank you is used every day by us in our conversations with others. We thank people for various things they have done for us. Most of the time we say “THANK YOU” in return for something that has been done for us. People tell us “THANK YOU” when we have done something for them. No matter the language there is a word for “THANK YOU.” No matter where you go in the world, when someone does something for you they say “THANK YOU.”
Do we ever just stop and tell God “THANK YOU?” We are nice to others and tell them when they do something for us. Why shouldn’t we tell God “THANK YOU” whenever He does something for us? The problem with that is there are so many things He does for us we never know about. There are times He keeps us safe, we do not know about. There are times He brings a stranger into our lives and we do not know about it. There are times when we are just selfish and do not see His hand at work.
So then should are prayers not begin, end and have in between “THANK YOU” in them?
I’m sure that if you prayed for a job and then you were offered the job, you told God, “THANK YOU” afterwards because this was something you asked for. But what about things you never realized His hands were in.
Here is a story from CNN after the 9/11 attacks.
Greer Epstein never took breaks. An executive director at Morgan Stanley, she rarely left her office on the 67th floor because she never had time. But 20 minutes before 9 a.m., one of her buddies called. “How about getting a cigarette?” He wanted to talk about an upcoming work meeting. It was a calm day with clear blue skies — the most beautiful day she had ever seen from her view from the World Trade Center. Epstein figured why not. While riding down the elevator, she felt a jolt, but ignored it since the elevators had always acted strangely. When she stepped outside to light up her Benson & Hedges, she saw people frozen in place, their eyes fixed to the sky. Paper rained down like chaotic confetti. As she stared at the fire and smoke billowing from a hole in the North Tower, she wondered: “How do they fix something like that?” That’s when a plane flew through her office in the South Tower. A cigarette break saved her life.
After the 9/11 attacks, there were many stories such as these. People who were suppose to been there but weren’t. They knew about it and I’m sure they said, “THANK GOD” everyday. BUT what about the times God does something and we never know.
- We were late for work because God knew about the man who was going to pull the red stop light and would have hit you.
- God allowed your lights to blink and your alarm clock would reset and not go off at the earlier time because you needed those extra few minutes of sleep.
These are the times God works in our lives behind the scenes.
So what are we to do? We need to have a more THANKFUL HEART. We need to say “THANK YOU” to God “JUST BECAUSE.” Don’t we sometimes do things for people “JUST BECAUSE.” Why not just tell God “THANK YOU” because you love Him and know He loves you?
1 Chronicles 29:13 (NLT). “O our God, we thank you and praise your glorious name!
Psalm 35:18 (NLT). Then I will thank you in front of the great assembly. I will praise you before all the people.
Psalm 119:7 (NLT). As I learn your righteous regulations, I will thank you by living as I should!
Here are a few ways in the Bible people thanked God. They would praise His glorious name. I’m sure they raised their hands high and praised Him loud. They thanked Him in front of a great assembly, in front of all the people. They were not ashamed to thank Him.
And most of all they said they would “THANK HIM” by living as they should. I honestly believe if we do this, God would not care if we said “THANK YOU” all the time, because our actions would always show it.
Take a moment to listen to this song “THANK YOU LORD” and meditate and pray on what you have to be thankful for.