Thanks and Action Devotional

Thanks and Action go Together

Julia Bettencourt

Posted October 01, 2013

There are some things in life that just go together, like peanut butter and jelly, macaroni and cheese, or bread and butter.

I was reading through some verses on thanksgiving and noticed that action is mentioned with thanks in several verses in the Bible.  Giving thanks spurs you on to do something. 

Give THANKS and REMEMBER God's Holiness.

Sing unto the LORD, O ye saints of his, and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness.  Psalm 30:4

I think when we remember God's holiness; it causes us to realize what a mighty God we serve.  What a pure God we serve.  Remember when Moses was at the burning bush?  He was told to take off his shoes because even the ground was holy because God was there.

What about all those laws in the Old Testament for the children of Israel and even more so the priests and the men of God?  They weren't laws of bondage for the people.  They were things to keep the people pure because everything God associates Himself with has to be holy.

When I remember God's holiness, it reminds me that as a child of God, I need to live a holy life as well.

Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.  1 Peter 1:16

Give THANKS and SING Praises.

It is a good thing to give thanks unto the LORD, and to sing praises unto thy name, O most High.  Psalm 92:1

There is a lot about singing praises in the Bible.  Singing is a natural reaction when we are thankful for something.  Ever catch yourself singing in the shower when you are having a good day?  Happiness just kind of flows out of us and we start singing.

Sometimes we don't sing audibly but our hearts can sing. When we have that thankful spirit about us, it does cause us to want to praise the Lord. It is part of how we worship the Lord.

Praise the LORD; for the LORD is good: sing praises unto his name; for it is pleasant.  Psalm 135:3

I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify him with thanksgiving.  Psalm 69:30

Give THANKS and CALL upon God's Name.

O give thanks unto the LORD; call upon his name...  Psalm 105:1

When we are giving thanks to God, it makes us want to call to Him.  Psalms 99:6 references how Moses, Aaron, Samuel and the priests called upon God's name.

Remember what wonderful things God did through those people?

Moses and Aaron among his priests, and Samuel among them that call upon his name; they called upon the LORD, and he answered them.  Psalm 99:6

I'm so thankful that the Lord hears me when I call Him.

Because he hath inclined his ear unto me, therefore will I call upon him as long as I live.  Psalm 116:2

Give THANKS and TELL of God's Deeds.

O give thanks unto the LORD; call upon his name: make known his deeds among the people.  Psalm 105:1

Psalm 105:1 tells us not only to "call upon his name" but to tell others what God has done.

There are so many wonderful things in the Bible that God has done.  I think about those plagues in Egypt.  The great feats God did through men such as Daniel and David.  Then there are all those miracles that Jesus did in the New Testament.  And when I think about all that the Lord has done for me, it staggers my mind.

I hear that ad on Christian radio all the time about how we can't take the message of God's Word to the ends of the earth if we can't even take it to the end of the block.  That is so true.

If we are thankful for all the wonderful things God has done for us, why do we keep it to ourselves?

That I may publish with the voice of thanksgiving, and tell of all thy wondrous works.  Psalm 26:7

The LORD hath done great things for us; whereof we are glad.  Psalm 126:3


I hope I can jump to action in all of these things.  I know I need to refocus my thoughts and realize that thanks and action fit together.

I guess working on having a thankful attitude is a good place to start.  I know we all know we need to recognize each day's blessings but maybe we should be more deliberate about it. Perhaps write them down.  Sing some praises about them.  Tell other people about them.  Thank the Lord for them.

Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.  Psalm 100:4

So, what are you putting along with your thanks?

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