God loves to hear us say thanks.
According to Psalm 107:2-3, the people who could testify of God’s goodness are those He had “redeemed from the hand of the adversary, and gathered from the lands, from the east and from the west, from the north and from the south.” They were to come together and tell of His redemption. That, my friends, is worship.
You’ve probably taught your children to say, “thank you.” But do you teach them to only say it once a week or once a year? Or do you want them to learn to say “thank you” as a way of life, so that it’s the exception when they don’t express thanks? Parents often say to their kids when they are young and receive something, “I didn’t hear you say thank you. What do you say?”
Far too often, God has to say to us, “What do you say? I can’t hear you. I don’t hear thanksgiving.”
One day, a Puritan was sitting down to a meal of bread and water. Most of us would say, “God, I only have bread and water.” But this Puritan looked down at his plate and said, “Bread and water and Jesus Christ too! What more can a man ask?”
Praise is not complete until it has been expressed. The goodness of God gives us ample opportunities to be thankful.