1 Thessalonians 5:18
In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
The duty and privilege of praise are not appreciated. Worship — ascribing worth to God and describing His worth — is in His Word the leading feature, as in modern days it is the least feature of the assemblies of saints. Worship implies a thankful frame. Nothing left outside of the range of this injunction, because to a true believer all things work together for good. Compare Ephesians 5:20; Colossians 3:17.
I. It is THE FRUIT OF FAITH. Natural gratitude is the natural pleasure felt in prosperity; gracious gratitude blesses God, like Job in adversity, because of faith in His wisdom and goodness.
II. It is ONE OF THE FOREMOST OF BLESSINGS, and parent of all other graces. So says Cicero. It disposes to contentment in all conditions, and puts a bridle on desire.
III. IT FINDS BLESSINGS as a magnet finds steel.
IV. IT FITS FOR GREATER BLESSINGS. God gives more abundantly where previous gifts are properly valued (Psalm 50:23). said "There is but one calamity — sin"; and after many sorrows died, exclaiming, "God be praised for everything!"
(A. T. Pierson, D. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.