We should give thanks to Him, first, because it is good for us to do. It is good for God too. Although He does not need our thanks, He is glad when His children offer them. It is certainly beneficial for us. In contrast to the dangers of ingratitude, the benefits of a thankful attitude include:
» Guarding against ungodly attitudes and works.
» Subduing what one commentator calls "man's potentially animal-like nature."
» Teaching God's "way of give," as we give thanks.
» Promoting good spiritual, mental, moral and physical health.
In addition, it is common sense to thank God when He has answered our prayers. After all, we undoubtedly will need help again!
Thankfulness is offered as a spiritual sacrifice. It is given in combination with other spiritual sacrifices. As a spiritual sacrifice, thanksgiving can be offered in the form of a prayer and/or praise. Prayer, praise, and thanksgiving are almost inseparable, and they are most often offered together. Thankfulness is a peace offering (Leviticus 7:11-13). It produces peace (I Timothy 2:1-2).
Martin G. Collins