God is at work each and every time and season of our lives. He works in ways that are seen and in ways that are not seen. Round the clock, He is accomplishing many things for his chosen ones for his names sake; and his actions toward us are motivated by agape love.
Everything we have has been received from Him. The salvation we have belongs to God. He is the source of every good and perfect gift (Jas. 1:17); he fills our lives and satisfies our desires with good things.
And so, because of the many good things that God has done to/for us, how can we repay/thank Him, how can we respond to his graces and providence, how can we thank him enough? (if that were possible). The psalmist (in Psalm 116:12) communes with his own heart on this question, and here are a few suggestions from the Psalter:
- Fulfill the vows you made to God- Perhaps in your dark moments, you promised to do something when/if God delivered you. You may have made a vow when you were sick, desperate, unemployed, in distress, or needed a sort of deliverance, breakthrough, or promotion. Then the unbelievable happened through God’s intervention. You got healed, you got a job/promotion or your business started picking up; or simply put, you became delivered from your ‘enemies’ and fears. The best thing to do is to remember to fulfill the verbal commitments you made to the Lord. The Lord commands, When a man makes a vow to the Lord or takes an oath to obligate himself by a pledge, he must not break his word but must do everything he said (Num. 30:2).
- Live a godly Life- Has God done so much to you that you wonder how to thank Him?. Offer your body as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God- as your spiritual act of worship (Rom 12:1-2). Thank Him by living a godly life. It is what pleases him.
You cannot thank God if you are deliberately living in sin. To love God is to obey his commandments. Again, to love God is to live as Jesus lived. Lips and words can be deceptive, but a life lived in honor of God is powerful and is in itself a thanksgiving. Such a godly life radiates thankfulness for the cross, forgiveness, eternal life, redemption, and the hope of glory. When you live a holy life in thankfulness for what God has done, you make Him glorified (Matt. 5:16); because even pagans will marvel and exclaim, “Where can we find such a man that the spirit of God lives in” (Gen. 41:38).
- Give Generously– When you have generously received what you asked of the Lord, remember to be a giver. Don’t be like a tank, harboring/ hoarding God’s blessings to yourself. Choose to be a vessel that passes on what has been received. A grateful heart gives. You give out what you are and what you have for the benefit of others. Put differently, by giving, you make what you have received a tool for service rather than an idol of worship. Giving is a form of service to God. Here are reasons and excuses people give in regard to service and thanksgiving. And so repay the Lord with a heart of generosity. Offer to God a sacrifice of praise (Heb. 13:15, 16). Giving generously is one way of saying “thank you, God.”
- Declare His name– Having tasted of the goodness of the Lord, you ought to invite others to come to the living waters where they can eat and drink without money and without cost (Isa. 55:1-2). Declare what God has accomplished in and through your life. Let the world know that the life stories possess are His story. Make the world know the source of your help, joy, peace, and salvation. Let the world know that in Jesus, there is a healer, provider, sanctifier, deliverer, redeemer, savior, hope, and eternal life. Give glory to whom it is due. Lift up the name of the Lord. Decrease as He increases (Jn. 3:30). By showing people where to find the living water and the bread of life, you magnify the Lord for his goodness.