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3 Ways to Express Gratitude Today

Written by Dianna Wiebe on .

3 Ways to Express Gratitude Today

Gratitude is a virtue we all want to have but sometimes it is hard to know how to express it practically. Today we are going to look at three ways that we can express gratitude first to the Lord and then to others.

Let’s begin with what the Bible has to say on this topic, here are two examples:

Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.  Psalm 100:4 NKJV
It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord, and to sing praises unto thy name, O Most High: Psalm 92:1 NKJV
Three ways we can give thanks daily are sending prayers of thanksgiving throughout the day to the Lord, expressing gratitude to others, and taking the time to bless the Lord.  Let’s look deeper into what each of these looks like and how we can find things to be grateful for throughout our days.

What does it mean to be Thankful?

The meaning of the word thankful gives us a clue! One word often translated for thankful or to give thanks is the word yadah.

The definition of this word in Hebrew is to throw or cast. This word is most commonly translated as confess, give thanks, and praise. By combining the definition and translation we come up with the word picture of one who is thankful.

To be thankful means we throw or cast up prayers of thankfulness, confession, and praises.

These are prayers we can do throughout the day; we can cast up a prayer when we wake up, take care of children, do our job, drive to our appointment, or even while cooking dinner.  These are all opportunities to thank the Lord for the blessings we have received.

Not only do we want to express thankfulness to the Lord, but also those around us.

  • Thank you, spouse, for something each day that they did, even if it is “their job”
  • Watch for ways to thank your children for their actions or attitudes
  • Thank someone who served you, a cashier, the postman, or an employee

Each day the Lord gives us ways to express gratitude; this month let’s add words of thanks to our daily list. Gratitude includes thankfulness but there is another element, blessings.

What does it mean to Bless the Lord?

Like thankful, the definition gives us a clue. One word often translated bless is the word barak.

The definition of this word is to bless or kneel.  This word is most commonly translated as to bless. By combining the definition and translation we come up with the word picture of one who is blessing the Lord.

One who is kneeling and offering a blessing to the Lord.

For me, it is easier to give thanks than it is to bless the Lord. Giving thanks is something I can throw up to the Lord as I go through my day.

However, showing gratitude in the form of a blessing to the Lord is much harder for me. Kneeling makes me stop what I am doing, change positions, and think through what I am saying to the Lord.

Blessings the Lord has been used by believers over the centuries, and some ancient blessings follow a unique pattern: taking note of something, remembering God’s character, and blessing Him for that thing in connection to His character.

For example, here are three sample blessings that use this pattern.

Blessed are You, Lord our God, King of the universe, who remembers the covenant, and is faithful to His covenant, and keeps His promise.
  • Blessing when seeing the first blooming tree in springtime.
Blessed are You, Lord our God, King of the universe, who has made nothing lacking in His world, and created in it good creatures and good trees to give mankind pleasure.
  •  Blessing over the bread as you begin a meal.
Blessed are You, Lord our God, King of the universe, who brings forth bread from the earth.

Notice the pattern of blessing the name of God and specifically blessing aspects of His character.
These blessings give us ideas on how we can expand how we express gratitude to the Lord, but how about to others.

3 Way to Express Gratitude Today

As we enter into this time of Thanksgiving, may we use this season to consistently find things throughout our day to be grateful for, and may we think about practicing thankfulness in these ways:

  1. Casting up prayers of thanksgiving throughout our day
  2. Expressing gratitude to others
  3. Taking the time to kneel and bless the Lord

From all of us at Grapevine we would like hope you have a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Another way to find things to be grateful for is to celebrate the Biblical Feasts.  You can watch a short video about the Bible Feasts here.

You can also read a summary of the Biblical holidays here.

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