Oh, that men would give thanks to the Lord for His goodness, and for His wonderful works to the children of men!
–Psalm 107:21 NKJV
Your heavenly Father is generous, giving you many thoughtful gifts, both spiritual and tangible. The gift of salvation is paramount. But, He has bestowed many others. These include fruits of the Spirit—love, joy, peace, patience, etc.—as well as special talents and abilities, gifts of emotional support including family and friends, and more concrete gifts such as a comfortable home and a reliable car.
It pleases Him greatly when you use and enjoy the gifts He has given you, as well as when you express genuine gratitude for these presents. He wants you to enjoy His gifts, use them, and express your appreciation for them.
The gifts that the Lord gives are not deserved, nor have they been earned. They are freely given. Otherwise, they would not be gifts but rather incentives. The Lord is incredibly generous and His love for us is awesome: “Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name” (Hebrews 13:15 NKJV).
- Praise God for His many blessings.
- Thank God for the gift of salvation.