Henry Morris, in ICR's excellent daily devotional "Days of Praise" (Free upon request from www.icr.org), points out some significant facts from Scripture. "The word "praise" and its derivatives occur over 330 times, and "thanks," with its derivatives, over 150 times." He suggests that "thanksgiving is important and praise-giving is twice as important!" What is the difference between thanks-giving and praise-giving? Morris explains it this way: "When applied to our relation to God, "thanks" are given to Him for what He has done for us, and "praise for Who He is and what He has done for the whole creation." Dr. Stephen Davey, on his radio program, "Wisdom for the Heart" on BBN, contributes this reminder: It is virtually impossible to be truly thankful and depressed at the same time (not a direct quote but the essence of what he said). What a vital thing it is for a disciple to be consistently thankful and quick to praise our Gracious God! Learning to give thanks to God and honoring God with our praise in everything, no matter what the circumstances, is not natural but is "super"natural! We may not enjoy the circumstances but keep in mind this thought from Bill Gothard, "God is not as concerned with our trials as He is with our response to them." Selah! Read Psalm 100 carefully and thoughtfully and remember that even here on earth we can enter into (enjoy) the joy of our Lord. That is indeed our strength! Ron
"Serve the LORD with gladness; come before His Presence with singing……..Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise; be thankful unto Him, and Bless His Name for the LORD is good. (From Psalm 100).