Praise and Thanksgiving
For what were all things created?
"Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power;
for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and
were created." Rev. 4:11.
Does man in his natural condition carry out the design of God?
"For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of
God." Rom. 3:23.
While in this state, what did the Lord do for us?
"But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were
yet sinners, Christ died for us." Rom. 5:8.
Through what is man permitted to come to repentance?
"Or despisest thou the riches of His goodness and forbearance
and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to
repentance?" Rom. 2:4.
What does Christ become to those who accept Him?
"To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of
this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of
glory." Col. 1:27.
When this grace is received, what will it cause one to do?
"By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we
stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God." Rom. 5:2.
On what condition are we to remain members of Christ's household?
"But Christ as a son over His own house: whose house are we, if
we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto
the end." Heb. 3:6.
How often, and for how much, should we render thanks to God?
"Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the
Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ." Eph. 5:20.
The "all things" of the last text, includes our trials and
disappointments. Why should we give thanks for them?
"And we know that all things work together for good to
them that love God." Rom. 8:28.
What did Paul and Silas do when put in prison for their faith?
"And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto
God: and the prisoners heard them." Acts 16:25.
How did the Lord show His pleasure at their course?
"And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the
foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors
were opened, and everyone's bands were loosed." Acts 16:26.
After being imprisoned, and then beaten by order of the Jewish Sanhedrin, what
did Peter and John do?
"Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted
within me? Hope thou in God; for I shall yet praise Him, who is the
health of my countenance, and my God." Ps. 42:11.
When properly offered, what does praise to God become?
"Whoso offereth praise glorifieth Me; and to him that ordereth
his conversation aright will I show the salvation of God." Ps. 50:23.
Should our praise to God be confined to our secret devotions?
"My praise shall be of thee in the great congregation: I
will pay my vows before them that fear Him." Ps. 22:25.
Why ought we thus to praise God?
"My soul shall make her boast in the Lord: the humble shall
hear thereof, and be glad. " Ps. 34:2. "And when they began
to sing and to praise, the Lord set ambushments against the children of
Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir, which were come against Judah: and
they were smitten." 2 Chron. 20:22.
How should one approach God in prayer?
"Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication
with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God."
Phil, 4:6 (Col. 4:2),
What is the will of God in this matter concerning us?
"In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in
Christ Jesus concerning you." 1 Thess. 5:18.
What has our Saviour taught us to pray?
"Thy will be done in
earth, as it is in heaven." Matt. 6:10.
What does David exhort all to do?
"O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His name
together." Ps. 34:3.
What good example did he set which is worthy of imitation by us when with our
"Come and hear, all ye that fear God, and I will declare what
He hath done for my soul." Ps. 66:16.
What became of those, anciently, who were not thankful?
"Because that, when they knew God, they glorified Him not as God,
neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their
foolish heart was darkened." Rom. 1:21.
What signal deliverance was once wrought for God's people when they offered
praise to Him?
NOTE. - Read 2 Chronicles 20:1-30. It is a most thrilling account of deliverance from the enemies of God and His people.