OPEN HEAVEN DEVOTIONAL
DATE: MONDAY JUNE 13TH 2022
THEME: WHEN YOU SAY ‘THANK YOU LORD’
In that night did God appear unto Solomon, and said unto him, Ask what I shall give thee.
2 Chronicles 1:7
2 Chronicles 1:6 -12
6And Solomon went up thither to the brasen altar before the LORD, which was at the tabernacle of the congregation, and offered a thousand burnt offerings upon it.
7 In that night did God appear unto Solomon, and said unto him, Ask what I shall give thee.
8 And Solomon said unto God, Thou hast shewed great mercy unto David my father, and hast made me to reign in his stead.
9 Now, O LORD God, let thy promise unto David my father be established: for thou hast made me king over a people like the dust of the earth in multitude.
10 Give me now wisdom and knowledge, that I may go out and come in before this people: for who can judge this thy people, that is so great?
11 And God said to Solomon, Because this was in thine heart, and thou hast not asked riches, wealth, or honour, nor the life of thine enemies, neither yet hast asked long life; but hast asked wisdom and knowledge for thyself, that thou mayest judge my people, over whom I have made thee king:
12 Wisdom and knowledge is granted unto thee; and I will give thee riches, and wealth, and honour, such as none of the kings have had that have been before thee, neither shall there any after thee have the like.
There is something very interesting that I discovered about God and that is His attitude when someone tells Him, “Thank you”. For example, in 2 Chronicles 1:6-7, Solomon offered a thousand burnt offerings to God to say, “Thank You Lord, for making me the king”. In return, God visited him at night and said, “Ask for whatever you want and I will give it to your”.
In Genesis 8:20-22, Noah offered a sacrifice to God in appreciation for sparing his life and those of his family members. God responded by making a promise to never destroy the earth with water again and that seed time and harvest would never cease.
God always ensures that He is the last to say, “Thank you”. The bigger the ‘thank you’ you say to Him, the bigger His response to ‘thank you’ will be. This tells us that “Thank You Lord” is the best prayer point you can ever pray. Just saying, “Thank You Lord” made Solomon the wisest and richest man that ever lived. If you can just learn to say thank you for all that God has done for you in the past, then you will get more in the future. Wise people go one step further: they thank God for what He is yet to do. You can be sure that His response will be very big.
Now, God cannot be deceived. He knows the difference between heartfelt thanks and insincere appreciation. There are certain things that follow real, heartfelt thanksgiving. For example, someone who is really thankful will sing praises to God (Psalm 7:17). The fellow who is thankful will tell everyone about how good God is (Psalm 9:1). If you meet a doctor who treats and heals you of a very stubborn ailment, wouldn’t you tell everyone you know with that ailment about your doctor?
That shows that you really appreciate what He has done for you. If you don’t witness, you are ungrateful to God for saving your soul from hell. The one who is truly thankful will not say thank you with empty hands; he or she will come with something to express that appreciation. Psalm 107:22 talks about the sacrifice of thanksgiving. When you are really grateful to God, you will always be on the lookout for something you can give to or do for Him. Are you really thankful?
When you say , “Thank you” to God , He respond with a bigger “Thank you.”
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Psalm 34-35
AUTHOR: PASTOR E. A ADEBOYE
HYMN 15: NOW THANK WE ALL OUR GOD
1 Now thank we all our God
with heart and hands and voices,
who wondrous things has done,
in whom his world rejoices;
who from our mothers’ arms
has blessed us on our way
with countless gifts of love,
and still is ours today.
2 O may this bounteous God
through all our life be near us,
with ever joyful hearts
and blessed peace to cheer us,
to keep us in his grace,
and guide us when perplexed,
and free us from all ills
of this world in the next.
3 All praise and thanks to God
the Father now be given,
the Son and Spirit blest,
who reign in highest heaven
the one eternal God,
whom heaven and earth adore;
for thus it was, is now,
and shall be evermore.