“Then sang Moses and the children of Israel this song unto the LORD, and spake, saying, I will sing unto the LORD, for he hath triumphed gloriously: the horse and his rider hath he thrown into the sea” (Exodus 15:1).TEXT — Exodus 15:1-11
It is natural for one who has received great favours to return to show appreciation and express his gratitude. This appreciation can be demonstrated in various forms and ways but it must be seen to be commensurate to a large extent with the favour received. To fail to return thanks is to show that one does not appreciate the favour received. This attitude will, of course, block the possibility of receiving other favours from the giver.
Moses and the children of Israel sang unto the Lord to show their appreciation for their miraculous deliverance from the Egyptian captivity. For more than 400 years, the children of Israel had been captives in Egypt and had suffered untold hardship. God finally decided it was time for them to be free. This song of jubilation and thanksgiving to Him carefully detailed all His mighty acts in delivering the children of Israel from Pharaoh.
When one experiences the great salvation of God in whichever form, he is moved to sing praises and give thanks to the Almighty. Believers must learn to always give real heartfelt thanksgiving to God whenever they receive mercies and favours from Him. There are many who do not know how to appreciate God. They take all His mercies and favours for granted. This is very wrong and explains why many Christians fail to receive greater favours in life from God.
When offering thanks to God, let us learn to do it joyfully. Let our songs of praise arise from the depths of our heart and be heard in the courts of heaven. In our thanksgiving, let us learn to bring an offering to the Lord, no matter how small. The more we offer praises to God, the more He blesses us.
Thought for the day
A grateful soul will always offer praise.
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- 2 CHRONICLES 26 – 29