“Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts.”
Colossians 3:16 NLT
Although the early Christians had access to the Old Testament and freely used it, they did not yet have the New Testament or any other Christian books to study. Their stories and teachings about Christ were memorized and passed on from person to person. Sometimes the teachings were set to music, and so music became an important part of Christian worship and education.
Thankful people can worship wholeheartedly. Gratitude opens our hearts to God’s peace and enables us to put on love. Discontented people constantly calculate what’s wrong with their lot in life. To increase your thankfulness, take an inventory of all you have (including your relationships, memories, abilities, and family, as well as material possessions). Use the inventory for prayers of gratitude. On Sunday, before worship quit rushing around; instead, take time to reflect on reasons for thanks. Declare Sunday as your “thanks, faith, and hope” day. Celebrate God’s goodness to you, and ask in prayer for all your needs for the week ahead. (Life Application Study Bible)
I went to a Church in a small fishing village last Sunday. Pastor Ivan preached about thanksgiving, Capetown is currently is a drought-stricken area. He said if you call on the people to pray for the rain we will fill the stadiums. He said if we call on those people to give thanks for the rain not even one-tenth of them will come. Angus Buccan, the evangelist, was in Capetown on Saturday praying for the rain. Again I pose the question how many will go if we have a thanksgiving prayer?
The scripture is all about thanks giving; I am sitting on the patio of a home on the marina in Velddrif, it’s a glorious windless morning. How much to be grateful for? God’s creation in all its glory. So yes it is easy to see God’s hand in nature. Often we forget God’s hand is in everything, even the smallest of things. We become blind to His blessing because all the cares of the world influence us. God is always looking out for us. All we need to do is have faith and trust in Him.
As commentator suggests, we are to celebrate God’s goodness. As humans, we are like most others we take things for granted. Just like all good habits come from practice and application. Having a nature of gratitude is also a habit of working on. Pay attention to the commentator he refers to taking stock on a weekly basis, be specific and purposeful. The part he says which I most enjoy is, celebrate God’s goodness, don’t take it for granted. The same as couples should not take each other for granted.
“Lord, I pray I thanks and true gratitude for Your blessing. Amen.