...and be thankful." [Colossians 3:15 NKJV]
Paul is instructing the Colossian believers and us in matters of Christian conduct. One attitude we should possess is gratitude. It is our duty! Be thankful!
When we stop glorifying God by giving Him thanks, we begin to drift from God. We will either acknowledge the Creator or the creature. Who gives us life? peace? hope? provides our food? protects us? or designed this universe so man could live on earth? The answer to these questions and every other question is GOD! Once we take away God, we are left aimless and hopeless, filled with despair in the midst of chaos.
Thankfulness is offering unto God the sacrifice of praise. Sacrifice is at the heart of true worship. In giving God praise, we sacrifice self praise. We want others to pay attention to us, and our actions cry out: "Look at me!", "Pay attention to me!", or "Give me the credit due me." Through the sacrifice of praise we resist self-centeredness and focus ourselves and others on Almighty God, the giver of all gifts.
When we fail to act this way, our pride grows and soon self replaces God as the main focus of our lives. It is time to stop glorifying self and start to glorify God. Give Him the praise He deserves. It is the only way we can find lasting happiness.
It is our delight! Be thankful! A happy person has a right relationship with God. A relationship expressed by joyful singing. Maybe the reason our joy is missing is the presence of ingratitude. Thanklessness is sin and sin always robs us of joy.
"Therefore by Him let us continually
offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving
thanks to His name. But do not forget to do good and to share, for with such
sacrifices God is well pleased." [Hebrews 13:15 NKJV]