Think and Thank

Think and Thank

 

Psalm 105:1 – O give thanks unto the Lord, call upon His name: make known His deeds among the people.

 

 It has often been said that the difference between “think” and “thank” is one small letter. Just one small vowel. But there is a great relationship between those two words. As we think upon God and His mercies to us, the result ought to be thankfulness. If we are not thankful, then often it is a result of thoughtlessness. What should we think on, when we think on God?

First, we should think upon who He is. He is the God of all creation. When we go camping in the mountains, look out upon the deserts, go fishing in the lakes and oceans, go hiking in the forests, we see the creative power of God. They are there as a silent witness to God. Romans 1:20 says “For the invisible things of Him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse.” Those who deny the existence of God and just not looking around them. He is clearly seen in creation. The trees, the animals, the hills, all of creation show God.

 

Second, we should think upon what He has done. He created man, man sinned and rebelled against Him, but yet God sent down His Son, to take our sins upon Him, to carry them to the cross, and do die and pay the price for our rebellion. It would have been fully just if God would have wiped man off the earth after Adam’s sin, but God is merciful and loving. He desires fellowship with His creation and so Jesus came and died for our sins.

 

Third, we should think upon what He is doing. Jesus is in Heaven now, preparing a place for us. John 14:1-3 says, “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. “ Notice the certainty is this passage. “If it were no so, I would have told you”, “I will come again”.  Jesus didn’t have to wonder about what Heaven was like, He knew what it was like, and He told them. He has been there for almost 2000 years, preparing a place for us.

 

As we think on these things, the thanks will naturally come out.