Praise and Thanksgiving are two critical themes that permeate the Word of God from Genesis to Revelation, and that should saturate the life of every Believer in Christ. The method and manner of Thanksgiving and Praise is molded by the motivation behind the actions. Why should we give thanks and praise the Lord? Psalm 100 does not attempt to provide us with an exhaustive list of reasons, but Psalm 100:3, 5 are more than adequate sources.
Psalm 100:3 declares that it is He who made us. Do we need any other reason? The fact that I owe my entire existence to God is the best reason for my enduring loyalty and love to Him. Why should I even consider shifting or sharing my loyalty with someone who did not make me, especially if that someone is so inferior, as to have been made by the one who made me? But wait, there is more. “we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.”
Theoretically, a manufacturer of say, a Toyota Camry, is the one who makes the car and for the initial period of the car’s existence, it is owned by Mr. & Mrs. Toyota. But then, Mr. & Mrs. Toyota could not care less about their Camry, except as a source of revenue and as an expendable piece of merchandise. So what do they do? They sell their Camry. From that moment, they no longer own that Camry and all rights of ownership pass the new owner. Even the Warranty connections between the Camry and Mr. & Mrs. Toyota do not last forever. Pretty soon, there is absolutely no legal connection between the Camry and Mr. & Mrs. Toyota, except for the fact that it still bears their name.
Now compare that scenario with our God. He manufactured us, not like a batch of Camrys that are virtually identical and mass-produced, but individually, hand-crafted and custom-built. We are His by manufacturer rights. He never has had any desire to sell us to another owner. He has always wanted to keep us for Himself. True, sometimes, as He did with the Israelites, he allows us or causes us to be temporarily sold into the hands of other masters, but only long enough for us to realize how good things were with Him. Then He violently snatches us back and punishes the one who enslaved us. And finally, when we permanently separated ourselves from Him by disobeying and sinning against Him, He sacrificed His own life to pay the ultimate price for our redemption… so that we could be reconciled to Him again.
It is one thing to manufacture me, not to try to sell me, and even to redeem me after I deliberately go astray. But none of that dictates the quality of the relationship. This is where psalm 100:5 comes in. The Psalmist David says in Psalm 23:6, “Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”
We can rely on God’s faithfulness, not just during our life-time, but during the life-time and grand-children. This means that we can with confidence recommend them to a life of service and Praise and Thanksgiving to God.
Finally, Praise and Thanksgiving to God is a sure-fire, guilt-edged, guaranteed way of keeping the Devil at bay. Not only does our Praise and Worship act as a glue and sealant against external intrusion, but it also heightens the readiness of God to attack on our behalf. Don’t take my word for it. Ask Jehoshaphat (2 Chronicles 20:22)
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