The Bible Edge
Thank You Lord
Sing unto the LORD with thanksgiving; sing praise upon the harp unto our God:
In this short series of how to give thanks to our Lord two ways have been explored: with our lips (speaking), and willingly (from the heart). Today, singing. Yes singing songs, hymns, and spiritual songs to the Lord thanking Him for His wondrous love and works toward this fallen race of mere humans. Songs like:
“Thank you, Lord, for saving my soul, thank you, Lord, for making me whole, thank you, Lord, for giving to me, thy great salvation so rich and free.”
In Exodus 15 they sang a song of thanksgiving as led by Moses for God’s great deliverance from the iron grip of Pharaoh and Egypt.
In Judges 5 Deborah and Barak sang for God’s avenging of Israel.
David sang and wrote many psalms of thanksgiving unto the Lord.
In II Chronicles 29 Hezekiah commanded the priests to sing the words of David and Asaph (psalms).
In Ezra 3:11 it is written; And they sang together by course in praising and giving thanks unto the LORD; because he is good, for his mercy endureth for ever toward Israel. And all the people shouted with a great shout, when they praised the LORD, because the foundation of the house of the LORD was laid.
In Acts 16 when Paul and Silas found themselves in prison for preaching Christ they sang praises, that no doubt included thanks, to the Lord and the prisoners heard them. Because of this testimony the Philippian jailer and his entire house believed in Christ unto the salvation of their souls. Amazing. This story illustrates the truth of Psalm 69:30 wherein it says, I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify him with thanksgiving.
The singing of thanksgiving unto the Lord magnifies Him to all that hear the songs. This magnification of Him always has a result, sometimes to the saving of a soul. So, give Him thanks through song! It will not only encourage the one singing, but it will also impact those who hear by magnifying the great things God has performed. Guaranteed.
William T. Howe, Ph.D.