“It is good to give thanks to the LORD, and to sing praises to Your name, O Most High” (Psalm 92:1)
To say an activity for God is “good” sounds a little trite in the English language; it sounds almost watered down. Martin Luther translated this well as he captured it’s real meaning. He says the word means “precious.” In other words, God is a delight and to thank Him is unmatched and of great price; it is precious to do such a thing.
This means “to give thanks” to do almost seems like a small thing to do for all the good things God has done for us. Question: why is it good to be thankful to God? Charles Spurgeon contributes an answer to this answer that is very helpful. He says giving thanks to God is “good” for four reasons.
- It is right ethically. God deserves it. God has done more for us than we deserve to give thanks is just the beginning. It is right.
- It is right emotionally. It is a pleasant experience. To be thankful is a joyous discipline. Thankful people are stable people emotionally.
- It is right practically. It leads others to do the same. Ever notice when 1 person gives thanks during a time of corporate sharing, there is never just 1 “thanker”?
- It is right personally. It rids us of selfishness. Being thankful for the things God does forces the attention on Him and not on our own concerns.
He then adds it is good “to sing praise to Your name”. Do you know the goodness of thanking Him and singing to Him? I hope you do. I hope you walk through church doors every Sunday or any other day your church meets just begging to sing and talk about what God has done. That’s the example we have with the psalmist.