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January 21 – Oh give thanks to the Lord

“Oh give thanks to the LORD1 Chronicles 16:8                   

Scripture reading: 1 Chronicles 16:8-36

A contemporary catechism asks the following question: Why is prayer necessary for Christians? The answer: Because it is the chief part of the thankfulness which God requires of us and because God will give His grace and Holy Spirit to those only who with hearty sighing unceasingly beg them of Him and thank Him for them.

Being thankful means more than simply living with a sense of gratitude. It is more than taking time to recognize and focus on the things we have, instead of the things we wish we had. The Bible takes the idea of thankfulness to a deeper level. The act of giving thanks causes us to recognize the One who provides our blessings (James 1:17).

David knew that God was responsible for the safe delivery of the ark of the covenant to Jerusalem (1 Chronicles 15:26). As a result, he penned a song of gratitude that centred on God instead of simply expressing his delight in an important event. David sang, “Oh, give thanks to the Lord! Call upon His name; make known His deeds among the peoples!” (16:8). David’s song went on to rejoice in God’s greatness, highlighting God’s salvation, creative power, and mercy

(vv.25-36). Gratitude to God is our natural response to God’s grace and provision.

Suggestions for prayer

Ask that we might recognize true thanksgiving, emphasizing the Giver first rather than the gifts.

Rev. Peter Vellenga is presently serving as itinerant preacher waiting upon Lord for continued assignment.


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