I've been confronted a lot lately with the term 'giving thanks'.
A few weeks back, I heard the song "Give thanks witha a grateful heart..." sung three times in the one weekend - once on the Saturday night (at Govan) and twice on the Sunday (at Parkhead), morning and evening.
Just the other wee, a Christian friend of mine referred to Psalm 105, which begins with the lines, "Give thanks to the Lord..." and, unless I'm imagining things, I've heard thankfulness being sung about ot mentioned a few other times in the past month or so.
This took me back about six years ago to Music School back home, when the then-Divisional Youth Officer said to me "Don't ever hesitate to say 'thank you' to someone, regardless of how often or how much it is".
Nine times out of ten, I try making a point of expressing my gratitude and appreciation to people if I feel they've been a help or benefit to me. Bit its only lately I've come to the full realisation of thanking the One who made it all woth while to begin with.
I don't know if you're familiar with the 'Teaspoon prayer' method (thank you... - sorry... - please...), which I know has been taught a lot to younger kids down through the years; but, believe it or not, it actually is the simplest and a very effective application if you're stuck with talking to God. The first part, being the "Thank you...", I guess helps us not forget to be thankful, especially when we have a great God who keeps giving and giving again.
Iwant him to know how grateful and thankful I am for having Him in my life. In my relationship with God, I also want to grow with him and I want to know Him better. Better today than I did yesterday and hopefully even better tomorrow.
"Thank you for saving me, what can I say?
You are my everything, I will sing your praise...
Great is the Lord....for you know the truth has set us free,
You set your hope in me"