THANK YOU. Can you think of two better words than that? The Psalmist said:
“Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.” (Psalm 100:4)
THANK YOU is such a wonderful thing to say. God wants you to say it before you walk through the doors of the church. Is it really possible to worship God without saying THANK YOU first?
John Ortberg said, “I need to worship because without it I lose a sense of wonder and gratitude and plod through life with blinders on.”
Every time you say THANK YOU, you take of the blinders of self and put on the binoculars or wonder in the majesty of God. Saying THANK YOU may not really be an act of worship as it is worship itself. Think about it. Every time, no matter what time of day it is or where you might be, saying THANK YOU being your key that opens the portals of heaven to worship God one-on-one.
A. W. Tozer said, “…any man or woman on this earth who is bored or turned off by worship is not ready for heaven.”
Saying THANK YOU is practice that gets you ready for eternity.
I saw a card with this statement on it the other day:
“GOD GAVE YOU 86,400 SECONDS TODAY. HAVE YOU USED ONE TO SAY THANK YOU?”
Every one of us takes a breath 12 to 20 times in a minute. That adds up to 17,000 to 30,000 breaths in a day. Our heart beats on average 115,000 times per day. On average, women say about 20,000 words per day, while men say about 7,000, which is about one third as much. How hard would it be to use one breath or one heart beat to say two words out of the 20,000 or 7,000 we speak every day?
The fact is, God expects us to say THANK YOU:
“In everything give THANKS: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” (1 Thessalonians 5:18)
Saying THANK YOU is pleasing to God:
“…be filled with the Spirit; speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the lord; GIVING THANKS always for all things unto Bod the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Ephesians 5:18b-20)
Saying THANK YOU to God is music to His ears.
Rick Warren wrote, “God smiles when we praise and thank Him continually. Few things feel better than receiving heartfelt praise and appreciation from someone else. God loves it, too …an amazing thing happens when we offer praise and thanks giving to God. When we give God enjoyment, our own hearts are filled with joy.”
Make God happy at least once every day. When you say THANK YOU, God smiles. Help God smile as much as you can this Thanksgiving season.