Thanksgiving

3 12 2012

singing

Psalm 95:2 says, “Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!”

Thanksgiving =Toh dah (Strongs 8426)

Derived from the verb “yadah”. To give thanks or to praise.

The root of yadah is yad – hand. Therefore to thank or to praise God is to lift or to extend one’s hand in thanks to Him.

Todah appears more than 30 times in the Old Testament. Todah is translated as thanks of praise or worship. So thanks is an activity encompassing worship or praise to God.

Jer 33:11  the voice of mirth and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom and the voice of the bride, the voices of those who sing, as they bring thank offerings to the house of the LORD: “‘Give thanks to the LORD of hosts, for the LORD is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!’ For I will restore the fortunes of the land as at first, says the LORD.

Be encouraged and offer your voice as a thank offering before the Lord. In my case it is sacrificial but remember when we sing unto the Lord it is not about the quality of your song although some people have beautiful voices but about your willingness to sing unto Him. In this time we have become too conscious about ourselves and what others may think and that is something which truly restricts our ability to worship and praise our Lord while thanking Him for all we have.

Have you noticed how the voices soften as music lowers when worshipping. In the OT days there was often no music at all but the voices which would be raised in glory to Him.

I have had the honor of worshipping with some of my dear friends from the rural areas and i simply love the way they belt out praise to the Lord with or without music and at times in and out of key! The point is they are singing unto the Lord and giving Him joy and praise. So should we.

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