Psa. 92:1 ¶ It is good to give thanks to the LORD,
And to sing praises to Your name, O Most High;
Why should we praise God? We praise Him because it is right and good to praise Him. Not to praise Him is dishonest; His goodness and greatness demand worship. Anything less is unwillingness to acknowledge the excellency of who He is. Giving thanks with our voices of praise brings us into alignment and harmony with all that He is. As we move into this life of worship and thanksgiving our lives begin to be consumed by His goodness. As we acknowledge and magnify His goodness our whole being begins to be filled with the goodness of His nature. Yes, it is good to give thanks unto the Lord. Here is how Charles Spurgeon describes this blessing.
“It is good ethically, for it is the Lord’s right; it is good emotionally, for it is pleasant to the heart; it is good practically, for it leads others to render the same homage. When duty and pleasure combine, who will be backward? To give thanks to God is but a small return for the great benefits wherewith he daily loadeth us; yet as he by his Spirit calls it a good thing we must not despise it, or neglect it. We thank men when they oblige us, how much more ought we to bless the Lord when he benefits us. Devout praise is always good, it is never out of season, never superfluous, but it is especially suitable to the Sabbath; a Sabbath without thanksgiving is a Sabbath profaned. And to sing praises unto thy name, O most High. It is good to give thanks in the form of vocal song. Nature itself teaches us thus to express our gratitude to God; do not the birds sing, and the brooks warble as they flow? To give his gratitude a tongue is wise in man. Silent worship is sweet, but vocal worship is sweeter.”
Spurgeon obviously connected the dots. He said that duty and pleasure meet in worship and thanksgiving. This is an incredibly important truth, the enjoyment of God in worship, brings us into the life of goodness. How blessed is the person who’s duty becomes his joy. This is a dream come true, we worship Him because it is right and the results is joy unspeakable in our lives. It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord.