Thanksgiving and Praise
Psalm 100:4-5 4Enter into His gates with thanksgiving and a thank offering and into His courts with praise! Be thankful and say so to Him, bless and affectionately praise His name! 5For the Lord is good; His mercy and loving-kindness are everlasting, His faithfulness and truth endure to all generations.
In this Psalm David exhorts us to enter into the presence of the Lord with thanksgiving. Giving thanksgiving means to offer up an expression of gratitude or appreciation for something. We are not told to thank the Lord after we have spent time with Him, rather, that we are to have a heart of gratitude before we even get into His presence. That means before we worship, before we seek him, before we ask for anything, our first action is to show appreciation to Him- just for who He is. The next verse gives us that part. He is good, His mercy and loving-kindness are everlasting, He is faithful and true not only to us, but to our future generations.
Something else that we see here is that although we initially enter His gates with thanksgiving, next we enter His courts with praise. This isn’t the first place in the Bible that thanks and praise go together Psalm 92:1-2 says 1IT IS a good and delightful thing to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praises [with musical accompaniment] to Your name, O Most High, 2To show forth Your loving-kindness in the morning and Your faithfulness by night. In 2 Samuel 22 David spends many verses telling all the wonderful things God is and has done, then in verse 50 he says- 50For this I will give thanks and extol You, O Lord, among the nations; I will sing praises to Your name. In 2 Chronicles 31:2 we see that 2And Hezekiah appointed the priests and the Levites after their divisions, each man according to his service, the priests and Levites for burnt offerings and for peace offerings, to minister, to give thanks, and to praise in the gates of the camp of the Lord.
Thanksgiving and praise go hand in hand. Probably because when you begin to offer thanksgiving to the Lord, telling Him how much you appreciate Him, showing your gratitude for the blessing He is in your life, you can’t help but switch over into praise. It’s interesting that one of the synonyms for praise is worship and one of the synonyms for worship is thanks. Try it for yourself. Begin to offer thanks to the Lord. Thanks for who He is, thanks for what He’s done, and thanks for what He’d going to do in your life. See if after you thank Him for a few minutes if you don’t feel like letting out a praise!