When to Thank God: King David
King David was an excellent example of somebody who was fulfilling God’s will [Acts 13:22].He loved to praise God and was so thankful that he praised God continually.
David expressed it so well in the following verses: “Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you. I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands. I will be fully satisfied as with the richest of foods; with singing lips my mouth will praise you. On my bed I remember you; I think of you through the watches of the night. ” [Psalm 63:3-6]. He even thanked God when he woke up in the middle of the night!
It was so important to David that one of his main concerns of death was that he would not be able to thank God anymore! “For in death there is no remembrance of thee: in the grave who shall give thee thanks?” [Psalm 6:5].
Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. [1 Thessalonians 5:16-18].
So – when to Thank God? – The answer is: Always!
To whom must we be Thankful?
Intercessory prayers should form the main part of our prayers, and some of that should be devoted to expressing thanks for God’s people. When we thank God, as stated above, we are taking our minds off ourselves and focusing our thoughts on others. This is a basic principle in developing God’s love. Giving thanks prepares our minds for God to develop His love in us.
I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people.[1 Timothy 2:1]. All people means all people!