Praise & thankfulness vs. murmuring & complaining


1. Having a thankful, grateful attitude:

A. The Lord wants & expects us to be thankful:

                Psa.50:14a              Offer unto God thanksgiving

                Psa.95:2  Come before His presence with thanksgiving

                Psa.100:4b             Be thankful unto Him

                Psa.140:13              Surely the righteous shall give thanks unto Thy name

                Eph.5:20 Giving thanks always for all things unto God

                Col.3:15b                Be ye thankful

                1Thes.5:18             In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God

                (See also Psa.92:1)

B. We should be content:

                Phi.4:11  In whatsoever state I am, content

                1Tim.6:8 Having food & raiment let us be therewith content

                1Tim.6:6 Godliness with contentment is great gain

                Heb.13:5 Be content with such things as ye have

                (See also Pro.15:16,17)

C. Don't take God's blessings for granted:

                Psa.68:19                Blessed be Lord...Who daily loadeth us with benefits

                Psa.103:2                Bless the Lord...& forget not all His benefits

                Lk.17:12-18            Were not ten (lepers) cleansed? where are the nine? (None) returned to give glory to God, save (one)

D. Remember to always thank Him for your blessings:

                2Sam.22:49,50        Thou hast delivered me...therefore I will give thanks

                1Chr.16:8                Give thanks...make known His deeds among the people

                Psa.136:1-3            Give thanks unto God...for His mercy endureth forever

                1Cor.15:57              Thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory

                2Cor.2:14                Thanks be unto God, which...causeth us to triumph

                (See also Psa.26:7; 107:22.)


2. Praising the Lord:

A. We are admonished to praise the Lord:

                Psa.107:8                Oh that men would praise the Lord for His goodness, & for His wonderful works

                Psa.18:3  The worthy to be praised

                Psa.22:3  (God) inhabitest the praises of Israel

                Psa.66:8  O bless our God, ye people, & make the voice of His praise to be heard

                Psa.67:3  O God, let all the people praise Thee

                Psa.100:4                Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, & into His courts with praise

                Psa.103:1                Bless the Lord, O my soul: & all that is within me, bless His holy name

                Psa.113:1                Praise ye the Lord, O ye servants of the Lord

                Psa.117:1                Praise the Lord, all ye nations...all ye people

                Psa.147:1                Praise ye the Lord: for...praise is comely

                Psa.150:6                Let every thing that hath breath praise the Lord

                Heb.13:15               Offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually...the fruit of our lips giving thanks to His name

                1Pet.2:9  Ye should show forth praises of Him Who called you

                (See also Psa.50:23; 148:all; 150:all.)

B. Praise the Lord in song:

                Psa.30:4  Sing unto the Lord...& give thanks

                Psa.69:30                Praise the name of God with a song...& thanksgiving

                Psa.92:1  It is a good thing to...sing praises unto Thy name

                Psa.98:1  Sing unto the Lord a new song

                Psa.147:1,7             Sing unto the Lord with thanksgiving; sing praise

                Eph.5:19 Making melody in your heart to the Lord

                Col.3:16  Singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord

C. Praise the Lord happily:

                Psa.5:11  Let them that love Thy name be joyful in Thee

                Psa.95:2b               Make a joyful noise unto Him with psalms

                Isa.51:3b                Joy & gladness...thanksgiving, & the voice of melody

                Jer.30:19 Out of them shall proceed thanksgiving & the voice of them that make merry

                (See also Psa.100:1; Jer.33:11.)


3. Have a continual attitude of praising God:

                Heb.13:15               Let us offer...praise to God continually...our lips giving thanks to His name

                Psa.34:1  I will bless the Lord at all times: His praise shall continually be in my mouth

                Psa.35:28                My tongue shall speak of Thy...praise all day long

                Psa.71:8  Let my mouth be filled with Thy praise...all the day

                (See also Psa.30:12b; 72:15b; 79:13; 104:33; 113:3.)


4. Murmuring (complaining) forbidden by God:

                Jn.6:43    Jesus said unto them, Murmur not among yourselves

                1Cor.10:10              Neither murmur ye, as some of them murmured

                Phi.2:14  Do all things without murmurings & disputings

                (See also Psa.144:14)

5. Causes of murmuring:

A. Lack of gratitude for what God has given us:

                Num.11:4-6,18       We remember the fish, cucumbers, melons, there is nothing at all, beside this manna

                Num.21:4,5             There is no bread...& our soul loatheth this (manna)

B. Lack of faith for God to supply our needs:

                Exo.16:2,3               The whole congregation...murmured against the wilderness [when they ran out of food]

                Exo.17:1-4              People thirsted...& murmured...thou brought us out of Egypt, to kill us with thirst

                (See also Exo.15:23,24)

C. Loss of faith in God's Word & His power:

                Psa.106:24,25         They believed not His Word...but murmured

                Jn.6:60-66               Many disciples said, This is an hard saying...His disciples murmured...many went back

                (Compare Exo.3:4-8; 4:30,31; 14:9-12.)

                (Compare Deut.1:19-27; Num.14:1-11.)

D. Giving up & losing hope:

                1Sam.27:1               David said, "I shall perish one day by the hand of Saul"

                1Ki.19:1-4,10          Elijah...requested that he might die

                Jer.20:14-18            Cursed be the day I was born...wherefore came I...out of the womb to see labour & sorrow?

                Jon.4:1-9                Jonah prayed, Take my life from me; for it is better for me to die than to live

                (See also Job 7:6,11; 10:1.)

E. Lack of faith that God loves us:

                Deut.1:27               Ye murmured, & said, Because the Lord hated us, He brought us [to Canaan] to destroy us

                (See also Psa.73:13,14; 77:1-9.)

F. Thinking that God is far away & doesn't hear:

                Job 23:2-9              Today is my complaint bitter: Oh that I knew where I might find Him. I cannot perceive Him

                Psa.10:1  Why standest Thou afar off, O Lord? Why hidest Thou?

                (See also Psa.13:1; 22:1,2 .)

G. Self-righteously judging others:

                Mk.14:4-10             Why was this waste...made? For it might have been sold ...they murmured. Judas...went to betray Him

                Lk.15:2    The Pharisees murmured, This man receiveth sinners

                Lk.19:7    When [Pharisees] saw it, they all murmured, He [has] gone to be a guest with a sinner


6. Why murmuring is dangerous:

A. Murmuring angers God:

                Num.11:1                When the people complained, it displeased the Lord: & His anger was kindled; & fire...consumed them

                Num.11:10,33         [Israelites wailed for meat] & the anger of the Lord kindled greatly...& the Lord smote the people

                Num.21:4-6            The people spake against God...& the Lord sent fiery serpents among the people...& much people died

                1Cor.10:10              Neither murmur ye, as some of them [Israelites] also murmured, & were destroyed of the destroyer

                (See also Num.17:10)

B. God may take us at our word:

                Num.14:1,2             All the children of Israel murmured... Would God that we had died in this wilderness

                Num.14:26-35        As ye have spoken, so will I do to you: Your carcases shall fall in this wilderness...even forty years

C. Any murmur is ultimately a murmur against God:

                Exo.16:7  Your murmurings (are) against the Lord: (for) what are we (Moses & Aaron), that ye murmur against us?

                Exo.16:8  Your murmurings are not against us, but against the Lord           (See also vs. 9-13)

                Num.16:11              (You) are gathered together against the Lord: (for) what is Aaron, that ye murmur against him?

D. It causes others to murmur too:

                Num.11:4,5             [Mixed multitude lusted after meat, & soon the entire camp started murmuring]

                Num.13:30-32; 14:36,37        The (spies) made all the congregation to evil report (See also Deut.1:27,28)


7. What to do when problems arise:

A. Praise & rejoice even when things go wrong:

                Hab.3:17,18            Although the...fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off...yet will I rejoice in the Lord

                Mat.5:11,12            When men revile you, & persecute you, & say...evil against you falsely...rejoice, & be exceeding glad

                Lk.6:22,23               When men shall hate you...separate you...reproach you ...rejoice ye...& leap for joy

                Acts 5:40,41          They called the apostles, & beat them...they departed rejoicing that they were worthy to suffer shame

                Acts 16:22-25        Beat them...cast them into prison...Paul & Silas prayed, & sang praises unto God

                1Thes.5:18             In everything give thanks: this is the will of God

                1Pet.4:12,13           Think it not strange...the fiery trial...but rejoice

                (See also Jer.15:10,11,16; Jon.2:all; Phi.4:4.)

B. If you have a genuine deep grievance, tell the Lord:

                Psa 55:2,3               Hear me: I mourn in my complaint, & make a noise... because of the heart is sore pained

                Psa.55:22                Cast thy burden upon the Lord, & He shall sustain thee

                Psa.77:1-4              I was troubled: I complained, my spirit...over whelmed

                Psa.142:all              I poured out my complaint before Him; I showed Him my spirit was overwhelmed

                1Pet.5:7  Casting all your care upon Him; for He careth for you

                (See also Heb.4:14-16)

C. Keep on praising & victory is sure to come:

                2Chr.20:22              When they began to sing & to praise, the Lord set ambushments against the (enemy)

D. Keep a thankful attitude in prayer:

                Phi.4:6    By prayer...with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God

                Col.4:2    Continue in prayer...with thanksgiving

E. Have a thankful--instead of foolish or vain--attitude:

                Eph.5:4   Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting...but rather giving of thanks



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