The Pre-Emptive “Thank You”

“I will give You thanks forever, because You have done it, and I will wait on Your name, for it is good, in the presence of Your godly ones.” (Psalm 52:9)

Not long ago we taught Chase to say 「多謝」(“thank you”) when we give him something to eat, so he learn manners and also learn to say more things. For example, we would put a piece of fruit in front of him. He’d want to grab it, so we held it back and asked: “What do you say?” He’d reply 「多 …… 謝!」And then we’d give him the fruit.

But lately, he’s been mis-using the “thank you”. Instead of saying “thank you” in response to something we give him, he’d pre-emptively say “thank you” as a way to ask us to give him things. It got to a point where he’s calling everything a “thank you”; whether it’s a cracker or a piece of fruit or a piece of bread, everything is known as 「多謝」 to Chase.

I think sometimes our so-called worship to God is also like that. Sometimes our acts of worship to God became a chore and lost the meaning of why we did it in the first place. We’d just go though the motions of singing praise songs without knowing why. In some cases, some people feel they need to appease God by praising him. It came out of either a mistaken notion that our worship will somehow earn favor with God, or a mistaken notion that God somehow needs us to praise Him all the time.

It’s like when Chase says “thank you,” he has no idea why. Perhaps Chase thinks his mom and dad needed to be thanked all the time? Or maybe Chase just wants to expect something in return when he praises mom and dad?

The Bible says that worship is not tio be initiated by man. Rather, it’s God reaching to us in the first place. Our thank yous and praise Gods are a response to what God has done for us. Without God’s initiation, our so-called worship is meaningless. Like a pre-emptive “thank you” from an ignorant little kid.

I’ll continue writing more about this tomorrow. Stayed tuned!

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