A Sacrifice of Thanksgiving - Charles Stanley Daily Devotional (November-26-2021)

Friday, 26 November 2021 03:54

Charles Stanley (November-26-2021) Daily Devotional: A Sacrifice of Thanksgiving

The best way to begin cultivating a thankful heart is by using words.

Psalm 50 - The Mighty One, God, the LORD, has spoken, And summoned the earth from the rising of the sun to its setting. Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God has shone forth. May our God come and not keep silence; Fire devours before Him, And it is very tempestuous around Him.  He summons the heavens above, And the earth, to judge His people: ``Gather My godly ones to Me, Those who have made a covenant with Me by sacrifice." And the heavens declare His righteousness, For God Himself is judge. Selah. ``Hear, O My people, and I will speak; O Israel, I will testify against you; I am God, your God. ``I do not reprove you for your sacrifices, And your burnt offerings are continually before Me. ``I shall take no young bull out of your house Nor male goats out of your folds. ``For every beast of the forest is Mine, The cattle on a thousand hills. ``I know every bird of the mountains, And everything that moves in the field is Mine. ``If I were hungry I would not tell you, For the world is Mine, and all it contains. ``Shall I eat the flesh of bulls Or drink the blood of male goats? ``Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving And pay your vows to the Most High;

But to the wicked God says, ``What right have you to tell of My statutes And to take My covenant in your mouth? ``For you hate discipline, And you cast My words behind you. ``When you see a thief, you are pleased with him, And you associate with adulterers. ``You let your mouth loose in evil And your tongue frames deceit. ``You sit and speak against your brother; You slander your own mother's son. ``These things you have done and I kept silence; You thought that I was just like you; I will reprove you and state the case in order before your eyes. ``Now consider this, you who forget God, Or I will tear you in pieces, and there will be none to deliver ``He who offers a sacrifice of thanksgiving honors Me; And to him who orders his way aright I shall show the salvation of God."

Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I shall rescue you, and you will honor Me."

At first glance, the words sacrifice and thanksgiving seem unrelated, but today’s reading combines them in one phrase. Sacrifice brings to mind images of costly service, whereas thanksgiving conveys a joyous celebration of overflowing abundance and blessings. 

Most of us wouldn’t consider our words a sacrifice, since they don’t cost much to say. But it matters to God when we offer prayers and songs of praise to acknowledge His blessings. What He sees as especially valuable is a godly life given wholly to Him—this is not about perfection but about a heart surrendered to His will and purpose. 

Tithing is another expression of thankfulness that is costly. Since the Lord is the source of all provision and wealth, our grateful response should be to give Him a portion of what He has given us. Generosity is a good barometer of the authenticity of our gratitude. 

Offering thanks to God begins with words, but like children who grow in appreciation as they mature, we should be growing in expressions of gratitude to the Lord. Give Him your whole life as a sacrifice of thanksgiving—you’ll experience amazing benefits because you can never outgive God. 

 

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Charles Stanley

Charles Frazier Stanley (born September 25, 1932) is the senior pastor of First Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia. He is the founder and president of In Touch Ministries and also served two one-year terms as president of the Southern Baptist Convention from 1984 to 1986. He has an evangelical and dispensationalist theology. Charles Frazier Stanley was born on September 25, 1932, in Dry Fork, Pittsylvania County, Virginia, just nine months bef ...