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Sing Songs of Thanksgiving


By Benjamin H. Liles

          It is best, therefore, to give thanks to Him who saved us; offering Him thanks and praise. Oh come, let us sing to the LORD! Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving; Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms. ~ Psalm 95:1-2

          To come before God in thanksgiving and praise means we remember all the good that He has done for us. At least that’s what the Israelites remember when being “brought out,” as Exodus implies. In Aramaic Exodus means “A going out; particularly, the going out or journey of the Israelites from Egypt under the conduct of Moses; and hence, any large migration from a place” (Webster). 

          To come out from under bondage, which is what Egypt represents, shows that God is gracious enough to hear us in our sufferings. It is a remembrance that God, in His sovereignty, provides a way out from the pressures and cares with which we once had been living in. In the light of this, Jesus Christ sets the captive free through and by the shedding of His blood at the cross of Calvary.

          For this reason it is why we sing songs of thanksgiving and praise to the One who sets us free from sin and its effects which is death. After all Jesus is the rock of our salvation. It is He who calls us out from sin to have life and have it eternally. Hell no more has its hold on us. We are made alive and new in Him who died in our place.