“Those who sacrifice thank offerings honor Me, and to the blameless I will show My salvation.” Psalm 50:23
The Sacrifice of Thanksgiving is mentioned a number of times in the Old Testament. This was a voluntary offering, and not something that God required of people. It was something they joyfully did when they wanted to show God how grateful they were.
This voluntary offering was also different as it was shared with others. The Lord and the priest would receive their portions first, and then the person who presented the offering would take the rest to prepare a feast for their family and friends to enjoy. The people had the opportunity to rejoice together as they expressed thankfulness to God for what He had done. God’s generosity was expressed first in the sharing of the worshiper, who wanted to demonstrate his thankfulness to God, then in the company of friends and family. They were all able to share together the goodness of God. This deep felt thankfulness in the heart of the worshiper was voluntarily expressed to God and to others.
I have been thankful for the staff God has blessed me with and who have been with me every step of the way during COVID-19. When our clinic finally opened, I joyously expressed my thankfulness to God. I could not help but want to share this with the people who meant so much to me during this journey. Yes: emails which kept them up to date on everything that was going on was important. But, a gift to each of them to celebrate our opening is an example of an appropriate sacrifice of thanksgiving. The card written to each one expressed my thankfulness for what they had done and also ended with “God Bless.” Being able to open our business, after being closed for so long, caused a flood of thankfulness for me to express to the Lord which overflowed into wanting to share joy with others.
How can you voluntarily, joyfully and thankfully express a sacrifice of thanksgiving in a way which honors God and blesses others? Remember to:
This week, be aware of the goodness of God, be thankful to God and share the goodness of God with others. Look for opportunities to lovingly, creatively and joyously offer your Sacrifice of Thanksgiving!
“Let them sacrifice thank offerings and tell of His works with songs of joy.” Psalm 107:22
May God richly bless you as you express your gratitude to God for all things, big or small.
Bonny, Christian Women at Work