On your feet now—applaud God! Bring a gift of laughter, sing yourselves into his presence…Enter with the password: “Thank you!” Make yourselves at home, talking praise. Thank him. Worship him. Psalm 100:1-2 & 4 (MSG)
I don’t mean a quick thank you after you passed someone water. I mean a beautifully written note or email. Or someone coming up to and looking you in the eyes and saying, “thank you, what you did meant so much to me, it made a difference?”
Chances are it wasn’t very recently.
Most of us are not really good at thanking people.
Even when we really appreciate something that has been done for us we don’t think of saying thank you. Or maybe we just don’t find the time to show our gratitude.
This got me thinking that if we are this bad at thanking our friends and family how much worse are we at telling God how much we appreciate all that He’s done in our lives?
Sometimes I think we treat God a bit like someone bringing us a glass of water. We think that a quick “thank you” shows our gratitude.
I think God accepts that but it warms His heart when we take the time to really thank Him for all He’s done.
Psalm 100 gives us a few ideas of how we can thank Him:
We can stand up on our feet and just applaud Him.
We can laugh our thanks.
Or sing out our gratitude.
We can make ourselves at home in His presence. And speak out our praise.
Let us become people who are really good at thanking God for all He has done for us.
Take a moment today to thank God for one thing he has done in your life. Tell him you’re grateful, sing to your thanks, applaud him or paint him a picture. But whatever you do thank him!