I will praise God with a song; I will proclaim his greatness by giving him thanks. This will please the Lord more than offering him cattle, more than sacrificing a full-grown bull.” (Psalm 69:30–31, GNB)

More than offering a sacrifice, God is magnified by “giving him thanks.”  It seems so easy and yet we are often very ungrateful people for all that God gives and does in our lives.  Indeed, if we are honest with ourselves, we miss completely a high percentage of what he does in terms of daily blessings and daily provision.  This seems to be the nature of being human and it must be the reason that the Psalms (and the NT authors) call us constantly back to thanksgiving.

Spurgeon comments: “In us, also, faith foresees the happy issue of all affliction, and makes us even now begin the music of gratitude which shall go on for ever increasing in volume, world without end.”

John Calvin writes: “God is here said to be magnified by our praises; not because any addition can be made to his dignity and glory, which are infinite, but because by our praises his name is exalted among men.”

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