Thanks & Honor
1 Chronicles 16:8
Give thanks to the Lord and proclaim His greatness. Let the whole world know what He has done.
There are two items in this passage about God.
1. God’s greatness
2. The great things He has done
When I enter into a time of thankfulness to God, I must not only thank Him for what He’s done, but I must also thank Him for who He is. This morning, Rick Warren’s devotional was about this very same idea. We don’t only love others based on what they do for us; we love them also because of who they are. And he also shared this passage from Psalm 50:23... Giving thanks is a sacrifice that truly honors Me.
We honor God by thanking Him, not only for what He’s done but also for who He is. This is good for me to know. I want to honor God by how I live, what I say, and what I do, but I can also honor Him even more frequently than this simply by specifically thanking Him.
This truth can impact all my relationships too. Wives must honor their husbands (Ephesians 5:33) and children must honor their parents (Ephesians 6:2). Thanking them for who they are and what they’ve done accomplishes just that!
Thank you for my husband who loves me and cherishes me. Thank you that he thinks about me and helps me. Thank you that he works so hard on behalf of our family and is loving and kind. Thank you for my parents who raised me to know you, provided for me, loved me, and paid attention to me. Thank you that they love me exactly the way I am and still share generosity and encouragement with me and my whole family. Thank you that you are full of compassion, creativity, love and justice. Thank you for Creation, providing for me, protecting me, and saving me. I love you and thank you and pray in Jesus’ name, amen.