Day 2: God-Centered Thanksgiving

Revelation 4:11 NIV
“You are worthy, our Lord and God,
to receive glory and honor and power,
for you created all things,
and by your will they were created
and have their being.”

“When thanksgiving is understood in the sense of praise, it touches upon the centre of worship. D. A. Carson (1993: 13) has rightly noted that ‘biblical religion is God-centredness: in short, it is worship.’ In the context of worship, one affirms God to be the Lord of all. When giving thanks, God the creator of all is acknowledged to be the source of all goodness. Thanksgiving thus understood belongs properly to theological affirmation as well as ethical concern. It centres on who God is and what he has done and is doing for us; but it is also concerned with ways in which we can align our lives to such creedal affirmations. It is a spontaneous response in the presence of the awesome God, but it can also be ‘practised.’” [David Pao, NSBT – Thanksgiving, 33]

Biblical thanksgiving is practically synonymous with praise and worship, which contrasts the modern understanding of thanksgiving based on what we get. Thus, thanksgiving is centered around the Lord our God, who alone deserves our praise and draws us by his mercy and grace into relationship with him.

Prayer: Lord, thank you for saving us and drawing us into your presence. You alone are worthy of praise and may you receive glory and honor and power in my life. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Let’s worship with “We Praise You” by Matt Redman (click here).

– JH