[Weekly Devotional] Why Praise and Give Thanks

By Kevin Wayne Johnson | Christian Living

Mar 31
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“It is good to give thanks unto the Lord, and to sing praises unto thy name, O most High; To shew forth thy lovingkindness in the morning, and thy faithfulness every night.” – Psalm 92:1-2 (KJV)

“O give thanks unto the Lord, for He is good; for His mercy endureth forever.” –  Psalm 107:1 (KJV)thanks


God does, and will, hold us all accountable based upon our level of commitment. Our commitment, simply put, is a promise to be loyal to someone or something.


Why does God demand our commitment to Him?


In part 1, we learned that one way to demonstrate our commitment to God is through our prayer life. We should pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18) with a rejoicing spirit of thanksgiving. Prayers of praise, intercession and thanksgiving are 3 types of prayers that show our commitment to God’s command:


  1. Praise – a demonstration of our reliance upon God in all circumstances.
  2. Intercession – a demonstration of concern for others.
  3. Thanksgiving – a demonstration of thanks and contentment in our current state.


For part 2 – another way to demonstrate our commitment to God is to obtain wisdom. In Proverbs 1:1-8, we learn all about the purpose of this precious Book which are to (1) To impart moral discernment and discretion (verses 3-5), and

(2) To develop mental clarity and perception (verses 2 and 6). No skill is perfected without discipline (commitment) and when a person has skill, he/she has freedom to create something beautiful.


Further, the benefits of wisdom are revealed in chapter 3, verses 1-8…”lean not unto your own understanding, but acknowledge Him in ALL of your ways and He shall direct your paths.”


Prayer: Dear God, I commit to You and only You in my daily life. Teach me the way so that I my accountability toward You be manifest for all to see. Amen.
Pastor Kevin Wayne Johnson

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