Week 4, Day 5: Where Thanksgiving Leads

The Song that Never Ends


“And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”
Colossians 3:17

Thankful Christians sing.

History was made in Nagpur, India, in 2012.

Sunil Waghmare broke the world record for the longest singing marathon by an individual. In previous attempts he had sung for so long, that he had depended on help from the crowd to spray his face with water and poke him to keep him awake. But this time he outdid himself: from March 3rd to March 7th he racked up a span of continuous singing that reached 105 hours — more than four straight days!

There is something special about singing. And the Christian faith is unique in its appreciation of this medium: Jesus’ followers are a people who sing. They are to proclaim a joy without ceasing as a people of unending thanksgiving, people who do everything with thankfulness in their hearts to God. Why?

Because of Jesus. Christians know the inestimable gift of grace lavished upon them through his loving sacrifice on their behalf and they are eternally overwhelmed with appreciation. Because of Jesus, they do everything in his name and carry on in an unending song of praise.

Thankful Christians sing. And even when the music ceases, the inward melody of gratitude in their hearts never ceases to resound with praise for the greatness of their Savior. His praise is where all true thanksgiving should lead.


Application Questions

  • What makes thankfulness such a hallmark of the Christian faith?
  • Why is it so important to God that Christians are a singing people?
  • How do we do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus?

Prayer

Take a moment respond in prayer to what this passage reveals — praise God for who he is (_________), confess what He wants (________), share what you need (________), and plead for help in what you face (________).


Memory Verse:

“I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth.” Psalm 34:1