1 Th. 5:18. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus con-cerning you.
“In everything” – The Apostle meant to associ-ate thanksgiving in everything. One translation reads: “Continue to give thanks whatever be your lot.” Chrysostom said, “Even if it be dis-ease or poverty.” Spurgeon said it meant praise to God “in every situation, under every circum-stance, before, in and after trials, in bright days of glee, and dark nights of fear.”
Ps. 34:1. I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth.
Alexander Whyte, the Scottish preacher, always began his prayers with an expression of grati-tude. One cold, miserable day his people won-dered what he would say. He prayed, “We thank Thee, O Lord, that it is not always like this.”
Thanks for prayers that Thou hast answered,
Thanks for what Thou dost deny!
Thanks for storms that I have weathered,
Thanks for all Thou dost supply!
Thanks for pain, and thanks for pleasure,
Thanks for comfort in despair!
Thanks for grace that none can measure,
Thanks for love beyond compare!
(August L. Storm, 1891)