What does the word “praise” mean? It means to express approval or admiration. We can’t praise God enough for what He has done for us. He is not only our Creator but our Redeemer. We appreciate all He does for us.
Thanksgiving is a time to thank God for His mercy and goodness toward us. However, we don’t have to wait until Thanksgiving time. We can praise God anytime.
…’You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.” (Matthew 22:37-40 NLT)
Jesus said the law and the prophets teach us about love. Love for our God and love for each other, plus self-respect. This is our first responsibility. Giving thanks to our Creator and Savior. He gave us life and has ransomed us from sin. Giving thanks means showing appreciation. Letting the LORD and others know how much we appreciate them.
Today I would like to share some examples of what the Bible says about appreciation.
The Father Shows Appreciation
The Father showed His appreciation to His Son three times.
When John the Baptist baptized Jesus.
… a voice from heaven said, “This is My dearly loved Son, who brings Me great joy.” (Matthew 3:17 NLT)
At the transfiguration when Peter, James, and John were with Jesus when Moses and Elijah appeared.
But even as he spoke, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is My dearly loved Son, who brings Me great joy. Listen to Him.” (Matthew 17:5 NLT)
When Jesus was predicting His death to His disciples after some Greeks came seeking Him. Jesus prayed:
Father, bring glory to Your name.” Then a voice spoke from heaven, saying, “I have already brought glory to My name, and I will do so again.” (John 12:28 NLT)