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This year as a congregation we are deliberately praying and appropriating the grace to increase and abound in love. Loving God is key to this reality. Today and throughout this week we shall reflect on Loving God through Praise and Thanksgiving. We are to give an outward expression i.e. Praise of our inward experience i.e. Thanksgiving.
“Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.” Psalm 100:4

Our Love of God is not a mere outward action but a deep inward attitude as well. Praise and Thanksgiving is therefore a disposition of our hearts towards God. We express our faith attitude toward Him in adoration of Him as God.

In Praise and Thanksgiving to God you positively associate the happenings in your life to God whether pleasant in the present or not. You don't take anything good for granted. For to take what God has done for granted is a demonstration to ingratitude .Like the Psalmist we must reckon with ourselves to praise and thank God. He stated “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits:” Psalm 103:1

We love God through Praise and Thanksgiving because of the following three dynamics:

First, we deepen our relationship with him beyond what he has done to who he is in our lives. It is an expression of our awareness of who He is to us and who we are in Him. “God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth”. John 4:24. Those who are not in fellowship with God in spirit and in truth can hardly praise and thank Him.

Secondly, we embrace an enhanced revelation of who God is as He dwells in our praises. He answers to His name. Psalm 22.3 States “Yet you are holy, enthroned on the praises of Israel.”

Thirdly, we reaffirm our appreciation of God despite the circumstances and situations of our lives. We demonstrate that we don't just love him in good time or situations but in all to His glory and to the shame of the enemy of our faith. In 1 Thessalonians 5:18 we are admonished “give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”

Like Job, our Love for God exceeds our love for gold i.e. possessions and positions that he gives us. We should assert thus “Even though he slays me, I will trust him.” Job 13:15 Have a week full of Praise and Thanksgiving as you increase and abound in Love to God.

 

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