Thanks be to God for His creation! Scripture has inspired great writers, composers, and artists of all times to create their own masterpieces of praise to God for the miraculous springing forth of nature. In Psalm 104, the psalmist joyfully celebrates the retelling of the Creation punctuating with praise the beginning and end of the poem. Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel lavishly paints three episodes of creation that continue to marvel the world: the Creation of Light and Dark, God’s outstretched arms in the Creation of the Heavenly Bodies, and the Separation of Land and Water. Contemporary composer John Rutter’s “Look at the World” uses choral harmony to sing the wonders of God’s creation and man’s natural response of praise and thankfulness: www.youtu.be/xLxM0s6XOJo
Remember to give thanks in everything! Even His judgments are reason to be thankful, says Psalm 105. God’s “marvelous wonders” should not be forgotten for they are reminders of His faithfulness and His love for us, therefore a cause to praise Him. Also, God will not forget His covenant, and that too, is reason praise Him. Giving thanks will return our gaze from the world to the One who died for us.
You are the reason to give thanks to God! Your Christian walk, as Paul demonstrated in Thessalonians, can be seen by others. You are being talked about as a follower of Christ when others see your faith in action, your love of the brethren, your generous gifts, your hope and perseverance in troubled times. And these acts are not dependent on your efforts, but are possible through the power of the Holy Spirit who lives in you.
The Hebrew word for ‘give thanks’ is yadah which means to publicly acknowledge thanksgiving to God with outstretched hands toward Him. If giving thanks comes hard, as it sometimes does for me, I re-read the beautiful passages of the birth of our world, the birth of Christianity, and the re-birth of man. I may step outside to experience the uniqueness of nature or the simplicity of silence. In some settings, I shout or sing or stretch out my hands in worship, or kneel before our God to acknowledge the wisdom and kindness in Christ Jesus which has come together in perfect love.
Meister Eckhart, German theologian during the Middle Ages, wrote, “If the only prayer you said in your whole life was ‘thank You,’ that would suffice.
I thank You, God!