Motivated to Give Thanks to the Lord
By: Bishop Arthur F. Mosley
Thanksgiving 2020 has come and gone. Some traveled, while others stayed put. Some gathered with others, while others isolated or restricted their Thanksgiving celebration to those in their homes. Whatever the case, for most of us, Thanksgiving 2020 was unique. However, the one constant for this year’s Thanksgiving is giving God thanks! I am sure many questioned why give thanks this year, given all that has happened. Well, Israel’s most famous king, David, gives thanks despite the challenges he faced. That is, in 2 Samuel 22, King David leaves on record a song he offers to the Lord. In this song, he tells the Lord thank you.
King David is revered as one of the most accomplished leaders of the ancient world. He was a great military leader who united the kingdom and enlarged its domain. In addition, David was a worshiper! Before becoming king, he was a passionate musician who offered praise to the Lord God Almighty! So, we don’t find it strange for David to give thanks to the Lord. However, I find it fascinating to uncover why he gives thanks. What’s behind David’s thanks? What’s motivating David’s thanks?
One, David is motivated to give thanks to the Lord because of who God is. We see David referencing who God is to him in 2 Samuel 22:2-3; it says:
“2 And he said, The LORD is my rock, and my fortress,
and my deliverer; 3 The God of my rock; in him will I
trust: he is my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my
high tower, and my refuge, my saviour; thou savest me
In short, David says God is sustainer, his safe place, and rescuer. God is his shelter. David is declaring that God is great and faithful. Who is God in your life? Perhaps He is provider and healer. I trust you know Him as Lord and Savior. You know better than anyone else who He is to you.
Two, David is motivated to give thanks to the Lord because of what the Lord has done. Recalling God’s acts and works pushes David to give thanks. In 2 Samuel 22:3, David confesses that the Lord saved him from destruction and harm. David continues with God’s actions in his life by referencing the fact that God heard him. In verses 17 and 18, David declares that God rescued him, pulling him out of danger. In short, the Lord gave David victory!
So, where does David give thanks in this song? He gives thanks near the end of the song. He refuses to close the song without giving the Lord thanks. David’s heartfelt thanks is in 2 Samuel 22:50; it says:
50 Therefore I will give thanks unto thee, O LORD,
among the heathen, and I will sing praises unto
I trust your knowing who God is and your realizing what God has done to motivate you to give Him thanks. The Thanksgiving Holiday is over; however, giving Him thanks must never end. Take a moment and consider who He is in your life and what He has done.
Now, give Him thanks!
 The Holy Bible: King James Version., electronic ed. of the 1769 edition of the 1611 Authorized Version. (Bellingham WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 1995), 2 Sa 22:2–3.
 The Holy Bible: King James Version., electronic ed. of the 1769 edition of the 1611 Authorized Version. (Bellingham WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 1995), 2 Sa 22:50.