The sacrifice that is thanksgiving (part 2)

"The one who offers thanksgiving as his sacrifice glorifies me." - Psalm 50:23a

Now in light of this passage we just looked at in the Psalms, read this next passage from Colossians.

"Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.  And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him." Colossians 3:16-17

As you read this, try to let it "dwell in you richly," or let it fester (as my father would say). My wife and I do sing to one another attempting to talk to one another as one might do in a musical, but we do it more for amusement than in observance of this scripture.

How easy is it to do all that we do in the name of the Lord? How easy is it to give thanks to God for everything we do? While you may give thanks for your new computer, iPhone, ESV study bible, or whatever it is that floats your boat, do you give thanks for the mundane? The cup of coffee in the morning? The television shows you like to watch? What about your ottoman?

What does it look like to live in an attitude of thanksgiving?

After spending the worst summer of my life in a place where I was overworked and very underfed (to say the very least), I got on an airplane to fly home. I remember listening to the radio on the plane like it was the first time I'd heard music. The chair was the softest thing I'd ever sat in and there was literally nothing that slipped past my thankfulness. I was bleeding joy and thanks to the Lord because I had basically been through hell and back.

Now I hate flying with a burning passion and I wish I could remember the pain of that summer just so I could taste everything as sweeter than I do now.

I want an attitude of thanks. I want to glorify God with this sacrifice, and I want to do it in every word and deed.