King James Version (KJV)
And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.
I like these verses because each one is dependant upon, or ends with being thankful.
To let God’s peace rule in our hearts is to submit to His authority- much as a baseball player must submit to the ruling of an umpire. In fact, the Greek word used here is a sports related or athletic term. God's peace must rule our lives.
How can we not let the peace of God rule in our hearts when we are first thankful? Thankfulness is conceived in humility which breeds dependence on our Father and is fulfilled in love. Thankfulness keeps us in the game.
Certainly, we cannot worship without thanksgiving. And even when we don’t feel like it, to simply worship out of obedience, will bring us to that place of thanksgiving where we all need to be. If we can keep the Word of God firmly in our hearts, it will connect with our deeds and actions, as well as our worship. Sort of like a well-connected ball with the bat as it soars across the plate.
We represent Jesus as we bare the name Christian. Others are watching in the grandstands as we go about our daily lives. God’s Word keeps us mindful of that. Thankfulness is an important trait for others to see in us. Thanksgiving rooted in humility and fulfilled in love brings honor to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. That brings us a "home-run" for our lives.
As we continue into this Thanksgiving season, let us remain first and foremost thankful for the things that He has done. It is worship at its