How do you say “thank you” to others?

 

How do we say thank you to the Lord?

 

Prayer, poetry, song, dance and art can be ways to express our

thanks to the Lord.  Which one of these methods would be easiest for you?

In the Old Testament many thanked the Lord with their offerings.

 

The singer Rick Nelson expressed a “thank you” to Lord in song:

 

“Thank You Lord” by Rick Nelson

 

Thank you Lord for lovin’ me
For giving me the chance so I could see
The love that you feel inside for me
You’re everything I want you to be
And
I thank you, my Lord

Thank you Lord for being there
You take me thru life and you always care
I think about the times I needed you
You were always there to see me through
And I thank you, my Lord

Chorus: I want to thank you, my Lord (repeat 9x)

Thank you Lord you’re my friend
You give me the strength to start over again
When life becomes hard no ones seems to care
I reach out for you and you’re always there
And I thank you my lord

Thank you Lord for lovin’ me
For giving me the chance so I could see
The love that you feel inside for me
You’re everything I want you to be
And
I thank you, my Lord

Chorus

I want to thank you my Lord x4
When I’m feelin down and out
And I wonder what life is all about
And when you feel like cryin out
And there’s no one left to cry about 
I want to thank you my Lord (repeat out)

 

 

What does Scripture tell us?              U

Scripture tells us of a story of great sacrifice, a sacrifice completed because God loves

us that much (John 3:16) . . . but how do we say thank you to the Lord for what He has

done for us?  Below we take a look at 2 Corinthians 9:15 and Matthew 14:19.

 

2 Corinthians 9:15 (NIV):

15 Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!

 

Matthew 14:19 (NIV):
19 And he directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five
loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and
broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples
gave them to the people.

 

 

The Book of Hebrews expresses some additional ways to demonstrate that you are
thankful, by obeying God in various ways.

 

Hebrews 12:15-28 (NIV):

15 See to it that no one misses the grace of God . . .

16 See that no one is sexually immoral, or is godless like Esau, who
     for a single meal sold his inheritance rights as the oldest son.

17 Afterward, as you know, when he wanted to inherit this blessing,
      he was rejected. He could bring about no change of mind, though
      he sought the blessing with tears.

18 You have not come to a mountain that can be touched and that is
      burning with fire; to darkness, gloom and storm;
19 to a trumpet blast or to such a voice speaking words that those
      who heard it begged that no further word be spoken to them,
20 because they could not bear what was commanded: "If even an
     animal touches the mountain, it must be stoned."

21 The sight was so terrifying that Moses said, "I am trembling
       with fear."

 22 But you have come to Mount Zion, to the heavenly Jerusalem, the
      city of the living God. You have come to thousands upon
      thousands of angels in joyful assembly,
23 to the church of the firstborn, whose names are written in heaven.
     You have come to God, the judge of all men, to the spirits of
     righteous men made perfect,

24 to Jesus the mediator of a new covenant, and to the
      sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of
      Abel.

25 See to it that you do not refuse him who speaks. If they did not
     escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, how
     much less will we, if we turn away from him who warns us from
     heaven?
26 At that time his voice shook the earth, but now he has promised,
    "Once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens.
27 The words "once more" indicate the removing of what can be
      shaken—that is, created things—so that what cannot be shaken
     may remain.

 28 Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be
       shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably
        with reverence and awe

 

 

Questions:

- How do you say “thank you” to others?  (a server at a restaurant; kids teacher)

- Do you provide a gift or a card when you say “thank you” to others?

- Are you thankful for living under the New Covenant in lieu of the Old Covenant?

- Can we thank God for something before it has been provided?

- Did Jesus thank God?

- How do we say thank you to the Lord?

 

 

For further reading on this topic . . .

 

Other related Scripture references:    2 Chronicles 29:31; Psalm 100;
Isaiah 12:4; Daniel 6:10; John 3:16; Acts 27:35; Romans 1:8; 1 Thessalonians 2:13;
1 Thessalonians 5:18; and Revelation 11:17.


 

References:     The following websites were accessed on Dec. 07/08, 2006.

http://www.biblegateway.com

 

http://my.homewithgod.com/heavenlymidis2/tyl.html

http://www.rickynelson.com/lyrics/thankyoulord.html