Thanksgiving Acknowledges God’s Goodness! by Pastor Segun Obadje
The Leverage Devotional
By Pastor Segun Obadje Ph.D
Friday, June 4, 2021
Thanksgiving Acknowledges God’s Goodness!
Psalms 92:1; Psalms 106:1.
Psalms 92:1 “It is a good thing to give thanks unto the LORD, and to sing praises unto thy name, O most High.”
The Psalmist in our opening Scripture reveals that it is a good thing to give thanks to the Lord. Thanksgiving is a good thing, which every child of God ought to do always. As grateful children of a good and benevolent Father, praises ought not to cease from our lips. Someone might ask, “Why should we give thanks to God?” The answer is right there in Psalms 106:1, for the Lord is good and His mercy endures forever. We give thanks to the Lord because He is good, and His mercy endures forever. The goodness of God is so enormous that it cannot be ignored. Beyond doing good, God is good by nature. So, every time you give thanks to God, you are acknowledging Him as the good God that He is. To not give thanks to God is to ignore the goodness of God, and such an attitude should not be found in you as a believer. You must commit to memory God’s goodness to you and see to it that thanksgiving and praises do not cease on your altar of devotion to God. When you wake up in the morning, give thanks; for the gift of life, give thanks. When you come to recognize God as the Giver of all good things, your response in gratitude will be heightened. Little wonder Scripture says, “…A man can receive nothing, except it be given him from heaven.” (John 3:27).
Gratitude helps you to commit to memory, the goodness of God. God’s goodness is so evidently made manifest all around us that we cannot ignore it; it’s so evident that it is one of the central themes of the Bible. The goodness of God is the generosity and benevolence of God displayed towards us, so much so that He gives over and above what we require per time because He is a good God. God is the One who gives generously, liberally and doesn’t find fault; He is both willing (Philippians 2:13) and able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think (Ephesians 3:20). If you are yet to receive, it’s because you’ve not asked. Your answer is just a call away if you ask Him. Jesus gave us an invite to call on the Gracious Father in Matthew 7:7, “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.” Then He revealed the goodness of the Father, first by character, and then, by demonstration to us, saying, “Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? Or if he asks a fish, will he give him a serpent? If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?” The counterpart Scripture in Luke 11:13 says “…how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?” Glory to God! We have now received the Spirit of God, the gift of the Father to believers. Such an amazing Helper we have in the Holy Spirit. Lift your hands and give thanks to God for His goodness to you.
My Solid Front (Confession): In the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ, I acknowledge the goodness of God to me with ceaseless thanksgiving. Lord, I am grateful for Your goodness and lovingkindness! Hallelujah!
Further Meditation: Romans 8:32; John 14:16-18 (Amp).
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