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Giving Thanks For Food.

The psalmist says in Psalm 92:1-2:

It is good to praise the Lord
    and make music to your name, O Most High,
proclaiming your love in the morning
    and your faithfulness at night,

Giving thanks to the Lord is a good thing. Thanksgiving to our God should be filling our lives. One way we can regularly show our thanksgiving to our God is thanking Him for “our daily bread”. That means thanking Him for the food which we receive from His hand; it means giving thanks for our meals. When we have food placed in front of us it is good to give thanks to our Father. There are three things I want to mention here.

  1. Harvest. For those of us who live in climates where there is a time of year when harvest is focused, it is good to return to give thanks to the Lord. “Harvest” celebrations in church facilitate this. For churches to make an occasion of acknowledging the giver of all our good food seems to be a God honouring thing to do.
  2. Determining to Give Thanks.  There are occasions when we are surrounded by unbelievers or the situation is just not appropriate for publicly giving thanks. In such circumstances we still must be thoughtful of acknowledging our God who the Giver, for the good things in front of us. This can even some times lead to conversations with others about what we have done, although, no doubt, there are also times when it will lead to mockery.
  3. When to Give Thanks. It does not seem that there is a specific instruction on this. We have developed a practice of thanking the Lord for our food before we eat. However, when blessings have been presented to the Israelites we read When you have eaten and are satisfied, praise the Lord your God for the good land he has given you (Deut. 8:10). This makes we wonder about whether or not we are being more biblical to give thanks after receiving our food.

Comments on: "Giving Thanks For Food." (2)

  1. Re: When to give thanks.
    I realize you addressed this in your previous article, but …

    Although there is no clear command about when to give thanks for food, the New Testament does say plenty about giving thanks for food
    1. The Lord Jesus set the example of praying before eating (John 6:11, Luke 22 19).
    2. I grew up a nominal Christian household where we didn’t give thanks before a meal. When I first read 1Cor 10:30 about giving thanks in the context of food offered to idols I realized that this was something that God expected of us.
    However there are places where food is eaten and no mention is made of giving thanks. For example, Jesus’s breakfast by the sea (John 21:12) and in Peter’s vision (Acts 10:13, 11:7) it simply says “Get up Peter, kill and eat”.

  2. Thanks Andy for a further nuance on this. Makes me ponder a bit further.

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