”Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.” - (Psalm 100:4)
Every year when November rolls around, we all think about the same thing: Thanksgiving. But why do we need a day to focus on what we should be doing all year long? (I feel the same way about Valentine’s Day.) We should be constantly thanking God for all He has given to us and done for us.
Worshiping God, whether in music or in our lives, incorporates two basic elements: praising God for who He is, and thanking Him for all He’s done. If you search in the Psalms for the word “thanksgiving”, you’ll see that the verses that come up have praising and thanking God as inseparable parts of worship. “I will praise God’s name in song and glorify Him with thanksgiving.” Ps. 69:30. “Let us come before Him with thanksgiving and extol Him with music and song.” Ps. 95:2.
Giving thanks to God should be a part of every aspect of our Christian lives. It is part of our prayer life (Phil. 4:6); it is part of our everyday conversations (Eph. 5:4); and it gives glory to God (2 Cor. 4:15)! Make it a prominent part of your life, and through it worship the Lord!