February 27
Exodus 15:1-5, 20-21

Giving thanks

When all the Israelites had passed though the sea on dry ground, the Egyptians chased after them with their horses and chariots. But the Lord made the wheels of their chariots get stuck, and the Egyptians panicked.

Then the Lord said to Moses, “Hold your hand out over the sea, and the water will come back and drown the whole Egyptian army.”

Moses obeyed the Lord, and the great walls of water on either side came crashing down on the Egyptians and drowned every single one.

When God’s people saw how He had saved them in such a wonderful way, they sang songs of praises and gave thanks.

What is the difference between thanking God and praising God?

When your mom or dad gives you something you have wanted for a long time, or when they have done something very special for you, you are thankful and you may give them a big hug.

When you tell your mom that she is the best cook in the whole world, you are praising her. Or you may tell a friend how you admire your dad for his strength because he can lift you off the ground with one arm.

You can thank God for a prayer He has answered, or for the things He does for you every day. You can praise the Lord by telling Him how great He is, or by telling others of His awesome power and unfailing love.

You can thank and praise God with words, or with songs, or even by dancing like Miriam did.

Verse for today

“Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name” Psalm 100:4.