Start afresh with Thanksgiving
Morality requires that one should knock at the door before entering a house. This is relative to the verse of the Bible in Matthew 7:7. It says that, “Ask, it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.” This means that before you enter into the presence of God too, you should observe the expected protocol of with thanksgiving and praises.
You may wish to ask yourself, how do you appear before God? The answer lies in the scriptures below
You are to make a joyful noise. According to Psalm 100:1, it says “Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands.” You are to appear in God’s presence by making a noise. You are expected to make a joyful noise. You should take note. God qualifies the noise with joy. You don’t need to be sad or wear a mournful look as if it will attract God’s pity. Rejoice in the Lord’s presence. Express your testimonies, sing Him a new song, clap your hands, jubilate amongst other various means through which you can express gladness
In Psalm 98:4, it declares that, “Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all the earth: make a loud noise, and rejoice, and sing praise.” It is therefore a mandate. It has to be taken like an assignment that you should praise the Lord. You are to make a joyful noise. Not a sorrowful noise, not a lamentation, but a joyful noise. I decree that a sorrowful noise will not be heard in your house in Jesus name.
Another point here is that all the earth is mandated to make a joyful noise. If you refuse or fail to make a joyful noise, the vegetation that comprises the bush, trees, leaves will praise the Lord. That’s why you see the birds in the morning when they make a joyful shout to the Lord. The birds use their joyful noise to wake you up while you are still asleep. Make it a point of duty in this New Year to make a joyful noise.
How do we appear before the Lord?
Serve the Lord with gladness: One of the ways to appear with thanksgiving is to serve the Lord. Mind you, you are to serve the Lord with gladness. You offer praises to God when serving in His vineyard. The Lord sees your heart. Whatever you’re doing in the sanctuary, do it heartily. God rewards in His own time and terms. Every worker serving the Lord are just demonstrating their love and thanksgiving. I urge you if you are not a worker yet, the time is fast going. Serve the Lord now. You can’t serve yourself. And no one can serve two masters. Join those who clean or sing, join those who have dedicated themselves for one activity or the other in the House of God. Engage yourself with the work of God. This will give you the benefit of saying “I am serving the Lord with gladness.” God is asking you to draw closer through service.
And if you are asking the question: why should I serve the Lord? The reason is in Psalm 92:1. “It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord, and to sing praises unto thy name, O most High”
- It is a good thing: it is a good thing to appear before the Lord and thank Him. Many people are not privileged to be in the presence of God. While you are still alive, it is a good thing to be thankful. Your fellowshipping with brethren is good. Throughout this year, I decree that evil will not be traced to our families in Jesus name. It is the good thing that will be our portion in Jesus name.
You can ask the question again. Why should I serve the Lord? The Bible tells us in 1 Thessalonians 5:18. “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”
- In everything thank the Lord: whatever that happens, you should thank the Lord. Thanking God always is important. When you have what to eat, thank the Lord. It is the will of God that you should thank Him. God desires your offer of praises. He wants you to be appreciative. He supplies all the things you need. Therefore, you should thank Him.
There is another point to consider why you should serve the Lord. It is found in the book of 1 Chronicle 16:8 – 12. It says that “Give thanks unto the Lord, call upon His name, make known his deeds among the people. Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him, talk ye of all his wondrous works. Glory ye in his holy name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek the LORD. Seek the LORD and his strength, seek his face continually. Remember his marvelous works that he hath done, his wonders, and judgments of his mouth.”
- Seek the Lord: when you seek the face of the Lord, you are serving Him. You can seek the face of God by praying, fasting, singing and other spiritual activities. Our father in the Lord, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor E.A Adeboye admonished us. He said our main focus should be on God this year not ourselves. Let all your attention be on God.
Another reason why you should serve the Lord is found in Lamentation 3:22. “It is of the LORD’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.”
- His compassions do not fail: the mercies of the Lord are numerous in our lives. It is by His mercies that we are not consumed. If you consider that scriptures very well, the mercies and compassions are plural. They are many. Not one, not two. God is a compassionate God. His benefits towards us are because of the compassions He has for us. That is why Psalm 103:1 – 5 expressed it that we should bless the Lord and we should not forget all His benefits. He also forgives us all our iniquities. He redeemed our souls. He satisfies our mouth with good things.
It is our mandate to thank God for His faithfulness. In Exodus 15:1, 11 & 18, we look at the children of Israel as they sang unto God. After they were delivered from the Egyptians and Red Sea, they thanked God for His faithfulness. This is what we are to do as well. Please note that your offer of thanksgiving should your free will. It must be what you freely desire as detailed in Leviticus 22:29.
In Luke 17:12 – 13, Jesus healed ten lepers. But, only one came back to thank Jesus. You should be like that one leper that came back to give testimony in appreciation of the healing received. You have to be thankful for His wondrous deeds in your life. Don’t despise God. Acknowledge His benefits in your life. Be the one that will always appreciate God out of the multitude.
Finally brethren, I want to tell you that all the praises we offer are sacrifices. And God will only accept the sacrifices of those who have accepted Him as their Lord and Saviour. If you have not given your life to Christ, you have to do so now. Associate yourself with God. Give your life to God today. If you are ready to surrender your life to Jesus Christ, make that decision today. Your decision determines your destination. May we reign together with Him in His kingdom where we shall have unstoppable praises forever.