Thursday, 12 November 2020
Title: Overflow with Thankfulness!
By: Cecilia Tan 陈俊芳

Psalm 100:4
“Enter His gates with thanksgiving, and His courts with praise! Give thanks to Him; bless His name!”

The word “thank” and its variations occur some 143 times in the Bible, with thanks usually directed to God. The Book of Psalms itself contains many specific commands to offer thanksgiving to God. Psalm 100:4 is just one of many distinct commands to express gratitude to God for all that is going on in our lives.

Why does God want us to be thankful? Simply because gratitude keeps us in a right relationship with Him. When we are thankful, we acknowledge His presence in our lives and our total dependence on Him for all we have and all that we are. We give Him the honour due to Him.

Thankfulness pleases God. King David declares in Psalm 69:30-31, “I will praise the name of God with a song; I will magnify Him with thanksgiving.
This will please the Lord more than an ox or a bull with horns and hoofs.”

What should we be thankful for? Our list of temporal earthly blessings is endless… The roof over our heads, the clothes we wear, the food on our tables, the family that is with us through thick and thin, the friends that spark joy in our lives and give us memories to treasure, our healthy bodies, our careers and sources of income, our talents and abilities… the wonders of creation, sunshine, rain, the morning song of the birds, flowers to delight our eyes, even tiny blessings in our busy lives such as finding a parking bay when we are out running many errands!

What about spiritual blessings? In these times of global turmoil triggered by the Covid-19 pandemic, we are daily being reminded not only of the brevity and uncertainty of life but also of the certainty of death! If by God’s grace we do not succumb to the virus, we will still have to leave earth one day sooner or later!

Nevertheless, we are thankful for the blessed assurance of an eternal existence in God’s presence where abundant joy awaits us. This is so as we have received the Gift of our Lord Jesus Christ, described by Apostle Paul as the “Indescribable Gift” in 2 Corinthians 9:15, “Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!”

Apart from this Gift, we are all hopeless, lost and sitting in the darkness, awaiting eternal condemnation. For those of us who have received this Gift, we enjoy true peace – peace with God and the peace of God that surpasses all understanding, the peace that only Jesus can give. And we know that when we depart this troubled world, the eternal home that awaits us in heaven is the best home we can ever have, better than anything this world has to offer!

Our spiritual blessings must surely include the gift of the Holy Spirit who indwells us and gives us victory over sin and God’s Word, the Bible. It tells us about God, who He is, what He has done and what He will do in the future. All man’s philosophy is darkness, but God has given us a light for our paths and a lamp for our feet, that we may be guided in ways that please God.

Our temporal blessings are only beneficial to us for our temporary earthly existence. Our spiritual blessings are the richest and most enduring of all blessings as they last forever!

Are there dangers posed by thanklessness? When we are not thankful, we are likely to credit ourselves for our achievements, forgetting the command of Moses in Deuteronomy 8:18 to “remember the Lord your God for it is He who gives you the ability to produce wealth.” Swollen-headed with pride, we may even declare “my power and the strength of my hands has produced this wealth for me” .(Deuteronomy 8:17) We begin to forget where our blessings come from, and eventually may even cut ties with the Giver of these blessings!

Thanklessness greatly displeases God. Luke’s Gospel records the miraculous healing of 10 lepers by Jesus. Only one came back to thank Jesus. Can you imagine the hurt in Jesus’ voice when He asked, “Were not ten cleansed? Where are the nine? Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?” (Luke 17:17-18) Jesus affirmed the one who returned to thank Him but was saddened and displeased with the ingratitude of the nine.

Thankfulness is a mega health booster. Many studies done on gratitude have produced undisputable evidence that gratitude benefits our bodies, minds and souls. A thankful attitude makes people happier, improves their relationships and they enjoy better physical and emotional health. You are more likely to see a winning smile on the faces of the thankful than on the thankless. (Though of course the smiles 😊are now hidden behind their masks as the new normal requires us to wear masks in public spaces. 😷)

Realising that we have so much to thank God for, and weighing the many benefits of being thankful, we would be wise to cultivate an attitude of gratitude and OVERFLOW WITH THANKFULNESS!


Our Heavenly Father, we live in unprecedented times, being bombarded daily with Covid-19 statistics that provoke fear and hopelessness. Nevertheless, we are thankful that You are our refuge, strength and fortress, our ever-present help in times of trouble. Rather than dwell on what we have lost under the new normal, help us to be thankful and rejoice over countless blessings that we are still able to enjoy. For indeed, Your steadfast love and mercies never come to an end but are new every morning! We thank You in Jesus’ name. Amen.

星期四, 2020年11月12日


“感谢” 一词及其变体在圣经中出现了大约143次,通常指的是向上帝表示感谢。诗篇本身包含着许多向上帝献上感谢的具体命令。诗篇100:4只是对我们生命中发生的一切事情向上帝表达感谢的许多命令之一。





尽管如此,我们依然为着有上帝同在的永生的有福确据而感恩,在那里有丰盛的喜乐等待着我们。这是因为我们领受了我们的主耶稣基督的恩赐,使徒保罗在哥林多后书9:15中将其描述为 “说不尽的恩赐”:“感谢神,因他有说不尽的恩赐!”




忘恩负义会带来危险吗?当我们不感恩时,我们很可能会把我们的成就归功于自己,忘了摩西在申命记8:18中的命令 “你要记念耶和华─你的神,因为得货财的力量是他给你的。” * 我们甚至会骄傲地宣称:“这货财是我力量、我能力得来的。”*(申命记8:17)。我们开始忘记我们的祝福从何而来,最终甚至可能与这些祝福的赐予者断开联系!