Gratitude: the state of being grateful, thankfulness. We owe ultimate gratitude to God. We ought to show Him our thankfulness. Ultimately, our food comes from Him. “He causes the grass to grow for the cattle, and vegetation for the labor of man, so that he may bring forth food from the earth” (Psalm 104:14). Water is precious. God delivers the snow and rain. “For to the snow He says, ‘Fall on the earth,’ and to the downpour and the rain, ‘Be strong’” (Job 37:6).
God forms nations and gives us the plots of land upon which we live. “He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed times and the boundaries of their habitation” (Acts 17:26). The God of the universe puts kings on their thrones. He gives wisdom to teachers and professors. “He removes kings and establishes kings; He gives wisdom to wise men and knowledge to men of understanding” (Daniel 2:21).
God has a deep care for those in despair. “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds” (Psalm 147:3). He is ever present when we look to Him in times of need. “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble” (Psalm 46:1).
Thanksgiving directs us to God. “Give thanks to the Lord” (Psalm 107:1).
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