What Thanks Really Means

Let them give thanks to the Lord for
His unfailing love and His wonderful deeds for men, for He satisfies the
thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.

Psalm
107:8-9 (NIV)

I’m
fascinated by the original meaning of Biblical words. Andy Lee, one of my
favorite authors, feeds my curiosity in her Word Wednesday blog.
Appropriately, she examined the word ‘thanks’ in Psalm 107 for the week of
Thanksgiving.

So
much more is implied than we know. In Hebrew, thanks means to extend our hands
in praise and confess our need for that which we are thankful.

By thanking God, we admit our precise
need for His exact provision. (tweet this)

Andy
says “When we say, ‘Thank you,’ we are saying, ‘I needed that!’”

God’s
blessings don’t fall randomly into our laps. He gives them intentionally with a
purpose. Perhaps we don’t yet know why we need what we’ve received, but it is
no coincidence and no mistake. God knows exactly what’s required both physically
and spiritually in order to accomplish His work in this world. And He
generously provides.

Dare
I say God’s blessings come with a responsibility to use them for His purposes?

How are you using your blessings to
advance God’s Kingdom?

#SeedsOfScripture #Thanksgiving @wordsbyAndyLee

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