Torrey - Man -15.5- When should we give thanks?

V. WHEN SHOULD WE GIVE THANKS? Psalm 92:1-2 — "It is a good thing to give thanks unto the LORD, and to sing praises unto thy name, O Most High: to show forth thy lovingkindness in the morning, and thy faithfulness every night."

First Proposition: We should give thanks every morning and every night.

Each day should begin and close with thanksgiving to God. The thought of God's goodness to us should rule our lives. We should arise every morning to work and lie down every night to sleep with this thought. <19B962> Psalm 119:62 — "At midnight I will rise to give thanks unto thee because of thy righteous judgments."

Second Proposition: We should give thanks at midnight.

The judgments here spoken of are the judgments of God's word. (Compare to verses 7, 13, 30, 39, 43, 53, 75, 102, 106, 108, 120, 137, 149, 156, 160, 164, 175: eighteen times, all in this Psalm.) We should be so taken up with the excellence of God's Word that we awake in the night to thank Him for it. 1 Timothy 4:4-5 — "For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving: For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer." Romans 14:6 — -"He that eateth, eateth to the Lord, for he giveth God thanks; and he that eateth not, to the Lord he eateth not, and giveth God thanks." (Compare to Acts 27:35.)

Third Proposition: We should give thanks every time we eat. Philippians 4:6 — -"Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God." Colossians 4:2 — "Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving."

Fourth Proposition: We should give thanks every time we pray.

Thanksgiving for prayers answered and blessings granted in the past can alone prepare for new answers and new blessings. Furthermore, definite thanks for blessings already received will strengthen our faith to appropriate larger blessings. Colossians 3:17 — "And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him."

Fifth Proposition: We should give thanks in all our doing in word and deed.

As all the doing of a Christian is in Christ's name and in Christ's strength, it should all be done with thanksgiving to Him who gives us the name and strength in which to do it. This applies to all our activities, and not to those alone which we ordinarily call Christian work. All work of one abiding in Christ is Christian work, the work of the man digging a ditch or of the woman at the washtub, and it should all be done in Christ's name and with thanksgiving to God. There is no drudgery in a life thus lived. The whole of life becomes a song, a psalm of praise. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 — "In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you."

Sixth Proposition: We should give thanks in everything. Ephesians 5:20 — "Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ."

Seventh Proposition: We should give thanks always.

As we are to pray without ceasing, so are we to return thanks always. Of course, there cannot always be the word of thanks on our lips, but there can always be the heart going up toward God in gratitude and praise.

Thanksgiving and prayer should be the atmosphere in which we live and the air we breathe. Just as a man keeps right on breathing while doing a thousand other things without ever stopping to think how he does it, so we can keep on praising and thanking and praying while doing a thousand other things without ever stopping to think how we do it. For example, a man can be preaching in the power of the Holy Spirit, throwing all the energy of his soul and body into his preaching, and all the time be thanking God for the power in which he is preaching. This does not hinder but increases the inflow of the power. Of course there must be times when we give ourselves up exclusively to prayer and thanksgiving; that is how this perpetual atmosphere of prayer and thanksgiving are main-rained. We should bless God at all times: His praise should be continually in our mouths ( Psalm 32:1). Psalm 89:1 — "I will sing of the mercies of the LORD forever: with my mouth will I make known thy faithfulness to all generations."

Eighth Proposition: We should give thanks forever.

Thanksgiving and praise will be a large part of the occupation of heaven. Revelation 5:8-14: "And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints.

And they sung a new song saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation:

And hast made us unto our God kings and priests, and we shall reign on the earth. And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne, and the beasts, and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands; saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honor, and glory, and blessing. And every creature which is in heaven and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honor, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever. And the four beasts said, Amen. And the four and twenty elders fell down and worshipped him that liveth for ever and ever." Revelation 7:11-17 — "And all the angels stood round about the throne, and about the elders and the four beasts, and fell before the throne on their faces, and worshipped God, Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honor, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen. And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they? And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them. They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat. For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of water: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes."

Heavenly life will be a perpetual jubilee. We can have an unceasing year of jubilee down here in which to prepare for the year of jubilee that never ends.