Why Give Thanks?

“O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever.” (1Chron 16:34)

Introduction: Why give thanks? King David knew the purpose of God bestowing BLESSINGS upon His people was that in turn we would GIVE THANKS to Him as we worship.

1. For one, we are not SELF-MADE men and women. Rather, we are created by the Lord. Therefore, we are His creation.
Please note: Paul writes concerning the focus of those who do not acknowledge God.

“Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.” (Rom 1:25)

Did you notice they worshipped the creature more than the Creator?

Is this happening today? Absolutely. Look at the “movie stars,” “sport stars,” and “music stars”….the rich and the famous are being worshipped today. This is a SAD travesty to say the least. Remember: Our great God will not share His glory with another. But one day every knee will bow!

David writes again……

“When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; 4What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him? 5For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour. 6Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet.” (Psa 8:3 -6)

We are made in His image. However, we are not gods. Instead we are being conformed into His image until one day we shall see Him face to face.

2. For two, Jesus Christ created everything and will be worshipped in heaven one day!

“16For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him.” (Col 1:16)

Paul was speaking of the superiority and the sufficiency of Jesus Christ. John sees a heavenly vision that will be in the future.

” 9And when those beasts give glory and honour and thanks to him that sat on the throne, who liveth for ever and ever, 10The four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying, 11Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.” (Rev 4:9-11)

I love it! Jesus is worshipped as He should be!!

Conclusion: David was BLESSED by His God – the God of the Bible. How? And what did he do?

“So they brought the ark of God, and set it in the midst of the tent that David had pitched for it: and they offered burnt sacrifices and peace offerings before God. 2And when David had made an end of offering the burnt offerings and the peace offerings, he blessed the people in the name of the LORD.” (1Chron 16:1-2)

Love y’all,
Dr. Randy Reese