Grateful Part 3

GRTFL III- For, In, To

Psalm 116 

1 I love the LORD because he hears my voice and my prayer for mercy.

2 Because he bends down to listen, I will pray as long as I have breath!

3 Death wrapped its ropes around me; the terrors of the grave overtook me. I saw only trouble and sorrow.

4 Then I called on the name of the LORD: “Please, LORD, save me!”

5 How kind the LORD is! How good he is! So merciful, this God of ours!

6 The LORD protects those of childlike faith; I was facing death, and he saved me.

7 Let my soul be at rest again, for the LORD has been good to me.

8 He has saved me from death, my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling.

9 And so I walk in the LORD’s presence as I live here on earth!

10 I believed in you, so I said, “I am deeply troubled, LORD.”

11 In my anxiety I cried out to you, “These people are all liars!”

12 What can I offer the LORD for all he has done for me?

13 I will lift up the cup of salvation and praise the LORD’s name for saving me.

14 I will keep my promises to the LORD in the presence of all his people.

15 The LORD cares deeply when his loved ones die.

16 O LORD, I am your servant; yes, I am your servant, born into your household; you have freed me from my chains.

17 I will offer you a sacrifice of thanksgiving and call on the name of the LORD.

18 I will fulfill my vows to the LORD in the presence of all his people—

19 in the house of the LORD in the heart of Jerusalem.Praise the LORD!


Apostle Paul

Thanks - 25 times

Thank - 11 times

Thanksgiving - 8 times

Thankful - 2 times

Thanked - 2 times

Thankfulness - 1 time


Ephesians 5:19-20 Thank God at all times for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. And “fit in with” each other, because of your common reverence for Christ.

FOR - What has God DONE for You?


I Thessalonians 5:18 Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.

IN - Giving Thanks ‘In Spite’ of

                ‘In Place’ of

                ‘In Believing’ for

                ‘In Confidence’ 

Colossians 4:2 Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. 


1 Chronicles 16:34 Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.

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

Psalm 106:1; 107:1 Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever. 

TO = Giving Thanks for His Nature

Psalm 95:2-3 Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song. 3 For the LORD is the great God, the great King above all gods.


Psalms 103:7 He revealed his character to Moses and his deeds to the people of Israel.


Service & Generosity - 2 Corinthians 9:11-12 You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God. 12 This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of the Lord’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God.

Soul Winning -  2 Corinthians 4:15-16 All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God.


7 Hebrew Words for Praise - Todah (thanksgiving) 

Today is ROOT word for JUDAH which means PRAISE 

    PICTURE - extension of the hand (hands cupped, extended forward, giving a gift and/or receiving a gift) - 

Thanksgiving is the Picture of Selflessness 

Thanksgiving is a SACRIFICE of Praise

        Sacrificial Giving - Mark 12:41-44 - Counts MORE than Surplus giving

“A todah sacrifice would be offered by someone whose life had been delivered from great peril, such as disease or the sword. The redeemed person would show his gratitude to God by gathering his closest friends and family for a todah sacrificial meal. The lamb would be sacrificed in the Temple and the bread for the meal would be consecrated the moment the lamb was sacrificed. The bread and meat, along with wine, would constitute the elements of the sacred todah meal, which would be accompanied by prayers and songs of thanksgiving, such as Psalm 116"


1 Chronicles 16:3 King David offered bread and wine along with the meat of the sacrifices. 

1 Chronicles 16:4 King David charges Levites and others to Invoke (remember), Thank and Praise.

1 Chronicles 16:8-36 King David had the Levites lead the people in todah hymns, that is, psalms of thanksgiving

1 Chronicles 16:37, 40 The Levites were to give thanks and praise to God "continually"

Thanksgiving is a ‘CONTINUALLY’

Thanksgiving is a Choice - The Todah Offering was Optional

INVOKE (call upon by remembering)  - Choose to INVOKE different parts of Gods Nature by being GRTFL