or I will tear you to pieces, with none to rescue:
and he prepares the way
so that I may show him the salvation of God. Ps 50:23
Our refusal to thank Him was not without effect. There were certain life-bringing results of our thankfulness and gratitude which could not be experienced through any other way. Thus, our refusal to thank Him left us with little to honor and glory in except the fallen world and the fallen self. The depth of our minds and hearts which were formed and designed to adore the One True God were cut off from life and hope as we denied His worth. We resorted to idolatry by clinging to the idols which were not worthy of thanks or adoration.
forfeit the grace that could be theirs.
9 But I, with a song of thanksgiving,
will sacrifice to You.
What I have vowed I will make good.
Salvation comes from the Lord.” Jonah 2:8-9
He Inspires Us to Thank Him With His Wonderful Deeds For Men (Psalm 107)
As we have experienced His deliverance from our distress, we overflowed with thankfulness and gratitude for His unfailing love. Each distress that we encounter is yet another arena for Him to reveal His deliverance to us. Each distress is only considered troubling to our hearts, minds, and bodies because we have yet to learn the "secret of being content in any and every circumstance" (Phil 4:12) and that "He who promised is faithful" (Heb 10:23). The description of the types of salvation in Psalm 107 that God bestows to His people applies to our initial belief in the Gospel and to our ongoing progress in the faith. For we know that we are daily faced with burden-upon-burden and temptations that come like arrows. In light of our belief in His goodness, His unfailing love, and His ability to save we thank Him. As we read Psalm 107 and similar descriptions of His wonderful deeds for men, we know and believe that He will bring deliverance. It is not as though it were always His will to relieve our physical distress or trial, but we know that He promises to bring rest to our souls. Rest for our souls in knowing Jesus Christ is the salvation for which we cry to Him.
By this I will know that God is for me.
10 In God, whose Word I praise,
in the Lord, whose Word I praise—
11 in God I trust; I will not be afraid.
What can man do to me?
12 I am under vows to you, O God;
I will present my thank offerings to You.
13 For You have delivered me from death
and my feet from stumbling,
that I may walk before God
in the Light of Life.Ps 56
3. Thanking God for His grace shows us the new creations of our brothers and sisters in Christ.
4 I always thank God for you because of His grace given you in Christ Jesus. 5 For in Him you have been enriched in every way—in all your speaking and in all your knowledge — 6 because our testimony about Christ was confirmed in you.I Cor 1
4 For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, 5 because it is consecrated by the Word of God and prayer.I Tim 4
“We give thanks to You, Lord God Almighty,
the One who is and who was,
because You have taken Your great power
and have begun to reign.
18 The nations were angry;
and Your wrath has come.
The time has come for judging the dead,
and for rewarding Your servants the prophets
and Your saints and those who reverence Your name,
both small and great —
and for destroying those who destroy the earth.” Rev 11
28 Therefore, since we are receiving a Kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, 29 for our “God is a consuming fire.”Heb 12
11 the sounds of joy and gladness, the voices of bride and bridegroom, and the voices of those who bring thank offerings to the house of the Lord, saying,
“Give thanks to the Lord Almighty,
for the Lord is good;
His love endures forever.” Jer 33
40 Then Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?” 41 So they took away the stone. Then Jesus looked up and said,“Father, I thank You that You have heard Me. 42 I knew that You always hear Me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that You sent Me.” John 11
17 After taking the cup, He gave thanks and said, “Take this and divide it among you. 18 For I tell you I will not drink again of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.” 19 And He took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is My Body given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.”Luke 22