Have you ever wondered why God says it’s good to give Him thanks? There are obviously some benefits associated with gratitude, but for whom?
Thanksgiving magnifies the Lord because we are acknowledging Him as the source of all our blessings. It can also have an effect on those who hear us praising and thanking God, as they may be prompted to do likewise. But there are benefits for those expressing gratitude, as well.
Thankfulness readjusts our focus. When we begin to praise and thank the Lord, the pressures and demands of daily life feel lighter. Instead of having our minds distracted by the cares of this world, God and His goodness become the center of our focus. What’s more, we gain awareness of our dependence upon Him and become more appreciative of His care and provision.
Gratitude releases our anxiety. We rarely feel grateful when we’re burdened with troubles and worries, but that’s when we most need to offer God our gratitude. There’s an amazing physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual change that occurs when we begin voicing praise. Burdens are lifted, the internal churning stops, and we come away rejoicing in the Lord.
Thanksgiving reinforces our faith. Recalling our blessings and the many ways God has expressed His goodness toward us reminds us of His faithfulness. Knowing how He has worked in the past strengthens us to trust Him for the future.
The next time you’re feeling down or burdened, remember all the good that comes from thanking the Lord, and lift your voice in gratefulness. God is right—it is good to give thanks.
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