“Sing praises to the Lord, O you saints, and give thanks to His holy name . . . And let them offer sacrifices of thanksgiving, and tell of His deeds in songs of joy” (Psalm 30 :4, 107:22)
As I think and reflect soberly about those of us who are people of faith in God through Jesus Christ, I have come to the conclusion that we are uniquely blessed. Hence we have far more and greater reasons for thanksgiving than non-believers. The psalmist bears witness to this conclusion because indeed we are blessed and privileged as referenced in the above.
The non-believers and people of the world focus their thanksgiving primarily on the physical and material things of this world, on their academic and career success with advancement, on their political accomplishments and victories and other mundane things of this world. While we believers in Christ also are blessed and enjoy some measure of such things, we are uniquely blessed with eternal things beyond this world. In view of our personal relationship with God by grace through faith in Jesus Christ we enjoy the forgiveness of sin that gives peace and joy beyond measure. (Romans 5:1) We know what it means to experience the unconditional love of God bestowed generously on us while we were still sinners (Romans 5:8). We are free from bondage to sin, Satan and death because Jesus Christ took care of all that for us through the Calvary cross and His resurrection (Romans 8:1-3). We have inside us the indwelling Holy Spirit, the power of God that is our enabler, comforter, teacher and Spirit of truth (John 14:16-17, 15:7-8, 16:8-11). We have the privilege of avoiding excessive anxiety and worry, but rather taking all our burdens to God in prayers with the help of the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:26-27; Philippians 4:6-7). We have God always on our side and feel safe and secured in Him because He will never leave nor forsake us. And when we die, we know we are headed to heaven to be with Jesus forever. All these are reasons for us to constantly and daily live a life of thanksgiving to God who richly showers His divine blessings on us. A hearty thanksgiving ought to result in holy living that pleases God. Dr. Johnson Omoni