It is easy for us to thank God for all the many blessings we have in our lives. When we truly understand all we have and all we are is by the grace of God, we can’t help but give Him thanks. But do we do as good of a job of praising Him?
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.
“Thank” means “to express gratitude, appreciation or acknowledgement to”.1 We are to thank God for all He has provided for us and for the things He has done for us. For example, we thank God for providing us with jobs and food and we thank Him for answering our prayers. God deserves our thanks and we are called to thank Him.
Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
for his steadfast love endures forever!
“Praise” means “the act of expressing approval or admiration; commendation; laudation”.1 Praising the Lord is commending Him for who He is. For example, we praise Him that He is Sovereign (in control), never changing, and slow to anger and abounding in love.
I think most of us recognize when God has done something for us like answering a prayer and we give Him thanks. However, I am not so sure we are as good at praising Him simply for WHO He is and not WHAT He’s done for us.
For great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised,
and he is to be feared above all gods.
We are called to both thank and praise the Lord. Let’s make sure we thank Him for all He has done and continues to do for us as well praise Him for who He is.
Sing praises to the Lord, O you his saints,
and give thanks to his holy name.
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