“Now therefore, our God, we thank thee, and praise Thy glorious name” (1 Chronicles 29:13)

Let us for a moment, think about all the past mercies and begin to thank God. We need to thank God for divine guidance and benign providence. Have an attitude of gratitude for the past leadings, the present dealings and the future plans of God. If you have an attitude of gratitude for the past mercies, then God will grant you the fortitude to face the future challenges. God has been our warrior in battles, carrier in toils, victor in wars, conqueror in chaos, care-taker in calamities, burden-bearer in troubles, comforter in sorrows, counselor at cross-roads, supplier in lacks, supporter in loneliness, succourer in weakness, sustainer in weariness, healer in sickness, leader in darkness, deliverer in distress, keeper in danger, preserver in peril, restorer in loss, reviver in death and redeemer in life. How marvelous are the works of God! How fabulous are the wonders of God! How miraculous are the ways of God! “Bless the Lord, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless His holy name. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits.”(Psalm 103:1,2) We need to bless and thank God for the following:

1. THANK GOD FOR ACTIVATED POWER:

“Blessed be the Lord God, the God of Israel, who only doeth wondrous things”(Psalm 72:18). We need to thank God for the power of Jesus that was activated in our lives throughout this year. The power of Jesus Christ did so many miracles and wonders in our lives. What is a miracle? It is an event beyond the power of any known physical laws to produce. It is a supernatural occurrence produced by the power of God. “He hath showed His people the power of His works that He may give them the heritage of the heathen”  (Psalm 111:6 ). What a tremendous power was at work to raise the dead Lazarus! It was true that Jesus came to the tomb of Lazarus four days late, but He was still on time. The delay in Jesus’ coming manifested the power of God in the tomb of Lazarus.“Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead lay. And Jesus lifted up His eyes, and said, “Father, I thank Thee that thou hast heard Me” (John 11:41).  “And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with grave clothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, “Loose him, and let him go” (John 11:44). Here we see Jesus thanking God before a miracle. It was a thanksgiving uttered in faith. He knew that His father had always heard Him. What a mighty miracle was performed to the dead Lazarus without the physical touch of Jesus. He called out for Lazarus outside the tomb. Oh! The power of His voice is so mighty. There is life in the power of the tongue of Jesus. Take for example the life of Jonah. He faced a dead situation in his life through disobedience. But when he began to offer the voice of thanksgiving in faith confessing that the deliverance is of the Lord and God is able to bring him out of his living grave, then the Lord performed a miracle of revival and renewal. Did not God resurrect many hopeless situations in this year? Did not God revive many lifeless situations? Did not God restore the lost blessings? Did not God refresh many dry conditions? Did not God bring light in the midst of darkness? Thank God for activated power.

2.THANK GOD FOR ANSWERED PRAYER:

“But verily God hath heard me; He hath attended to the voice of my prayer. Blessed be the God, which hath not turned away my prayer, nor His mercy from me” (Psalm 66:19,20). Let us cultivate an attitude of thanksgiving for the answered prayers received this year. God answered so many prayers in answer to our cry. Our supplications were heard by God. Our intercessions were answered by God. Let us see the thankfulness of the eldest servant of Abraham. “And I bowed down my head and worshipped the Lord, and blessed the Lord  God of my master Abraham, which  had led me in the right way to take my master’s brother’s daughter unto his son”  (Genesis 24:48). These were the words of gratitude of the eldest servant of Abraham. He was thanking God for showing him the right way to choose a wife for his master’s son, Isaac.

Mr. Spurgeon once came to Bristol. He needed three hundred pounds immediately for his orphanage. He got the money and he retired to bed. In the night, he heard the voice of the Lord saying, ‘Give those three hundred pounds to George Muller’. ‘But, Lord’, answered Spurgeon, ‘I need it for my orphanage children.’ Again came the word, ‘Give three hundred pounds to George Muller.’ It was only when he said, ‘Yes, Lord, I will,’ that sleep came to him. The following morning, he made his way to Muller’s Orphanage and found George Muller on his knees before an open Bible, praying. Spurgeon placed his hand on his shoulder and said, ‘George, God told me to give you these three hundred pounds.’ ‘Oh’, said Muller ‘Dear Spurgeon, I have been asking the Lord for that same amount.’ And those two prayerful men thanked the Lord together. Spurgeon returned to London. On his desk, he found a letter awaiting him. He opened it to find three hundred Guineas. The Lord had returned his three hundred pounds with three hundred shillings with interest. He thanked God for giving back the money which he had given to George Muller in obedience to His voice.

3.THANK GOD FOR ANNIHILATED PERSECUTORS OR ENEMIES:

“And He hath redeemed us from our enemies for His mercy endureth for ever” (Psalm 136: 24). “And blessed be the most high God, which hath delivered thine enemies into thine hand”  (Genesis 14:20). And he gave him tithes of all. The King of Salem was reminding Abram of the wonderful victory God gave him over the enemies. He was blessing and thanking the most High God. But Melchizedek, King of Salem,  blessed Abram and said, “Blessed be the most high God, possessor of heaven and earth.” He says, let God be thanked, Abram, for He delivered all thine enemies into thy hand. During this year we faced many roaring enemies, subtle enemies, chasing enemies, powerful enemies and overwhelming enemies. Do you know a wonderful promise given to Judah in, Genesis 49:8? “Judah thou art he whom thy brethren shall praise: thy hand shall be in the neck of thine enemies; thy father’s children shall bow down before thee” . God says that thine hand shall be upon the neck of thine enemies. Thou shalt not be the tail but the head, not beneath but above. “… He delivered us from the hand of the enemy” (Ezra 8:31).“He hath cast out thine enemy” (Zephaniah 3:15 ). “And He increased His people greatly; and made them stronger than their enemies” (Psalm 105:24). “ He giveth you rest from all your enemies round about, so that you shall dwell in safety” (Deuteronomy 12:10). “Saying, Amen: Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might, be unto our God forever and ever” (Revelation 7:12).