There is real power in both praise and thanksgiving. While they are different forms of worship, they complement each other. Both are key components to experiencing a faith filled, victorious Christian life. They focus our gaze on our all wise, all powerful God who is love and not our own flawed thinking or limited strength and love. Nothing is more defeating than a negative attitude which focuses on our shortcomings. Being critical or envious of others will also cause us to be defeated. We are to rejoice with those who rejoice (Romans 12:15), because godliness with contentment is truly great gain (II Timothy 6:6). Both are treasures which help defeat discouragement.
As numerous Scriptures in both the Old and New Testament confirm, thanksgiving and praise are extremely important to God. There are a number of good reasons for the Bible’s emphasis on these actions. I’ve only given a couple of examples.
While praise and thanksgiving in worship are both given to God, they have different functions. We praise God for who He is. He’s our Good Shepherd, Savior, Healer, Deliverer, Strong Tower, Fortress, and Rock to name a few of his titles and character qualities. To worship Him for who He is continually is life changing.
Thanksgiving, on the other hand, is expressing gratefulness for all His awesome provision. For example, that’s why we say grace before meals. When someone pays you a complement, don’t put yourself down and brush it off. Rather, thank the person for the compliment and then thank God for using you to bless them.
Satan hates our worship of God. Since it focuses on His goodness and power, it builds faith and along with Scripture study gives us an accurate understanding of God and His Word, which hinders Satan’s plans to steal, kill and destroy.
Webster’s Dictionary defines praise: “to glorify (a god or saint) especially by the attribution of perfection,” Our God certainly is perfect. I define worship as “worth-ship.” Webster’s defines thanksgiving as: ‘prayer expressing gratitude.” Both praise and thanksgiving are equally important to living a victorious Christian life. Upon receiving a blessing, be sure to immediately say thanks. Before going to bed, think back on the day and give thanks for any blessings that come to mind. It’s also good to pray for your sleep.
I Thessalonians 5:16-18 exhorts us, “Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.”