Thanksgiving and Praise - Our Spiritual DNA

Thursday, November 21, 2013


Psalm 100:4 – 5 says, "Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations." Thanksgiving is mentioned ninety-six times in the book of Psalms and praise is mentioned 2405 times. This should tell us to pay close attention to what the Bible has to say about such an important topic.

Worship, whether corporate or personal, is a tapestry that is woven with a dual thread of thanksgiving and praise. This is a common theme throughout the Psalms and the two are often mentioned together. When you think about it, it is virtually impossible to give praise to God without being thankful. It is also equally impossible to offer thanks to God without giving him praise. The two are intricately interwoven into the fabric of a heart of worship.

We can look to science to show us a demonstration of how two parts make up a whole. I am referring to DNA. Thanksgiving and praise is the double helix of the DNA of who we are as believers. Thanksgiving and praise should be the very nature of who we are not just during the Thanksgiving holiday, but everyday of our lives. As our DNA determines what we look like--the color of our hair and eyes, even our personality traits--thanksgiving and praise have the same molecular effect on us. People notice that there is something unique and special about us. We look and act different. Why? It is because of our spiritual DNA of thanksgiving and praise.

Here is one final thought about DNA. It is passed on to our children. When I look at my son it is like looking in the mirror. If I ever need scientific proof that he is my biological son all I have to do is take a DNA test. The results would show that we share the same DNA. The Psalms tells us that God's faithfulness continues through all generations. It is imperative that we pass on our spiritual DNA of thanksgiving and praise to the generations behind us. The way we do this is by simply allowing these two things to shape the way we live.

Remember, worship is not something we do. It is who we are.

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