May 2, 2023



I come before You today
And there’s just one thing that I want to say

For all You’ve given to me
For all the blessings I cannot see

With a grateful heart
With a song of praise
With an outstretched arm
I will bless Your name
I just wanna thank You, Lord
I just wanna thank You, Lord

For all You’ve done in my life
You took my darkness and gave me Your light

You took my sin and my shame
You took my sickness and healed all my pain

Yes we thank You, Lord; thank You, Lord; thank You, Lord
Yes we thank You, oh we thank You

Don Moen
Songwriters Patrick Henderson and Louis E Brown III

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The Bible tells us to “give thanks unto the Lord, for He is good.” In the Kings James Version, this specific command is given at least six times: 1 Chronicles 16:34, Psalm 106:1, Psalm 107:1, Psalm 118:1 and 29, and Psalm 136:1. Of course, there aremanyother references to giving thanks to the Lord throughout His Word. Many of them give thanks to Him for something or someone. I like the focus of this verse because it is all about our Lord. In fact, these six verses speak solely of His goodness and His mercy.

As this song mentions, we have so much to thank God for:

  • blessings we can’t see
  • taking us out of darkness and giving us His light
  • taking our sin, shame, sickness, and pain
  • for all He’s done in our lives

And for all those things we give God our thanksgiving. But today, mostly I just want to come to Him and give Him thanks and praise. He is worthy. He is our God, who is good and full of mercy and grace. Over and over, “I just wanna thank You, Lord.”

Thus will I bless Thee while I live:
I will lift up my hands in Thy name.
Psalm 63:4

Lift up your hands in the sanctuary, and bless the Lord.
Psalm 134:2

and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice.
Psalm 141:2

In every place of worship, I want men to pray with holy hands lifted up to God, free from anger and controversy. 1 Timothy 2:8 NLT

During this season of Thanksgiving, when we are reminded to take time to be thankful for all that God has blessed us with, I don’t want to forget to simply be thankful for God, Himself. (What about you?)With a grateful heart, with a song of praise, I want to “Bless the Lord, O, my soul, and all that is within me, bless His holy name!” (Psalm 103:1). Please join me with outstretched arms, with hands and hearts lifted to our Lord, and give Him thanks.He is worthy.

All glory to Him who alone is God,
our Savior through Jesus Christ our Lord.
All glory, majesty, power, and authority are His before all time,
and in the present, and beyond all time! Amen.
Jude 1:25

And then I heard every creature in heaven
and on earth and under the earth and in the sea.
They sang: “Blessing and honor and glory and power
belong to the One sitting on the throne
and to the Lamb forever and ever.”
Revelation 5:13

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Dear Lord, we can easily come to You with a long list of things and people that we are thankful for; You have blessed us with so much. But first and foremost, Lord, we come to give You thanks for being You. You are God above all gods, Lord above all lords. You deserve all praise and worship. There is no one like You. You are love, You are mercy, You are grace, and so much more. Thank You, Lord! In Jesus’ Precious and Holy Name we give our praise and thanksgiving. Amen, It Is So!