Giving Thanks to the Lord’s Name


By Wayne S. Walker

     “Surely the righteous shall give thanks to Your name; the upright shall dwell in your presence” (Psalm 140:13).  Giving thanks is an act of politeness and courtesy.  Some of the first words that we teach our children to say to others are “Please” and “Thank you.”  Nobody likes to spend much time around a person who is ungrateful.  We remember the ten lepers who were healed by Jesus and only “one of them, when he saw that he was healed, returned, and with a loud voice glorified God, and fell down on his face at His feet, giving Him thanks.  And he was a Samaritan” (Luke 17:15-16).  How often are we more like the nine—especially in our relationship with God!

     Certainly, every single human being should be thankful to God, “for in Him we live and move and have our being” as Paul said in Athens (Acts 17:28).  Whatever degree of prosperity that we have to be able to provide the necessities of life, such as food, clothing, and shelter, as well has have various comforts and conveniences (heat in winter may be a necessity, but air conditioning in the summer really is not) are gifts from God.  Even the air we breathe, the sunlight that provides earth’s energy, and the rain that waters the earth come from the Lord.  “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning” (James 1:17).  Therefore, we should give thanks to His name.

     But the righteous should especially be thankful to God.  “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).  Yes, Christ died for all mankind, but the righteous are those who have believed in Him so that they should not perish but have everlasting life.  They are the ones who have actually obtained “redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace” (Ephesians 1:7).  The fact that as those who are upright we may not only dwell spiritually in the presence of God here but also have the hope of dwelling in His actual presence for all eternity is certainly something for which we can and should be thankful.  “Count your many blessings, see what God hath done.”

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