FAITH CAPSULE: In your thanksgiving, let it be pleasing to God but not pleasing man.

Psalm 100, 116

With understanding, it is a man’s responsibility to be offering sacrificial thanksgiving to God.
Understanding comes when one gains wisdom in the word of God.
Gained wisdom will activate the knowledge to do right before God.
Are you giving thanks to God without praise or you are praising God without giving thanks? 
Praising God and thanking God cannot be separated.
It is thanksgiving and praising God that will locate one in the presence of God as Psalm 100:4 encourages, “Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.”
Are you returning to God with the heart of thanksgiving?
With understanding, all His creation should be giving Him thanks continually. 
One with the understanding of thanksgiving to God for all things, at all times (regardless of any issue), will provoke all things to work for good over one’s life, to the glory of God.
Giving thanks to God should be a reasonable sacrifice.
In your thanksgiving, let it be pleasing to God but not pleasing man.
Word of God identifies sacrificial thanksgiving:
“And when you offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving to the Lord, offer it of your own free will. (Leviticus 22:29)
“Let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving, and declare His works with rejoicing.” (Psalm 107:22) “I will offer to You the sacrifice of thanksgiving, and will call upon the name of the Lord.” (Psalm 116:17)
Jonah buttress, “But I will sacrifice to You With the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay what I have vowed. Salvation is of the Lord.” (Jonah 2:9) 
With understanding, give a sacrificial thanksgiving to God instead of thinking thank that is not acceptable before God.
Once, King David’s sin of counting the Israelites against God’s word not to count (engage census) provoked plague from God to kill thousands of the Israelites. The sin of David demanded a costly sacrifice of burnt offering before God to withdraw the plague. 
Are you offering a costly sacrifice instead of sacrifice that does not cost you?
2 Samuel 24-25 records about David’s demonstration of costly sacrifice, “Then the king said to Araunah, “No, but I will surely buy it from you for a price; nor will I offer burnt offerings to the Lord my God with that which costs me nothing.” David bought the threshing floor and the oxen for fifty shekels of silver. And David built there an altar to the Lord and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings. So the Lord heeded the prayers for the land, and the plague was withdrawn from Israel.”
With a costly sacrifice, King David provoked God’s visitation for the plague to be ceased.
Learn to know that a sacrificial thanksgiving is costly, it must be engaged if there is an expectation for God’s visitation.

Prayer for today: Ask that you will continually give God a reasonable thanksgiving.

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