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Songs to Teach and Inspire

by Ministry Through Melody

In Everything Give Thanks – The Inspiration Behind the Song

In Everything Give Thanks  The melody for this song came in three separate dreams on three separate occasions and three different melodies make up this song.  I keep a hand recorder near the bed to capture the melodies of songs I get in my sleep.  There’s a very short window of opportunity between being half asleep and fully awakened and during that time the inspiration fades quickly.  Somehow, I was able to weave the three melodies into one song.  

1 Thessalonians 5:18 Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.

The song’s purpose is to covey this scripture.  Thanksgiving—the giving of thanks—to God for all His blessings should be one of the most distinctive marks of the believer in Jesus Christ. We must not allow a spirit of ingratitude to harden our heart and chill our relationship with God and with others. Nothing turns us into bitter, selfish, dissatisfied people more quickly than an ungrateful heart. And nothing will do more to restore contentment and the joy of our salvation than a true spirit of thankfulness.

  • Thank God especially for His Salvation through Christ. God has given us the greatest Gift of all—His Son, who died on the cross and rose again so that we can know Him personally and spend eternity with Him in heaven: “Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!” (2 Corinthians 9:15, NIV).
  • Thank God for the Material possessions in our lives.  We may not be satisfied with what we have but we should be thankful for what we have.  What a difference it makes when we realize that everything we have has been given to us by God! King David prayed, “Wealth and honor come from you … We give you thanks, and praise your glorious name … Everything comes from you” (1 Chronicles 29:12-14, NIV).
  • Thank God for the trials and tribulations in our lives.  We know that He has promised to be with us and that He will help us. We know that He can use times of suffering to draw us closer to Himself: “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance” (James 1:2-3, NIV).
  • Thank God in Times of Despair.  Paul declared, “You will even be able to thank God in the midst of pain and distress because you are privileged to share the lot of those who are living in the light” (Colossians 1:12, Phillips).
  • Thank God for his Continued Presence, Power and Guidance in our lives.  In ourselves we do not have the strength that we need to live the way God wants us to live. But when we turn to Him, we discover that “it is God who works in [us] to will and to act according to his good purpose” (Philippians 2:13, NIV). Jesus promised His disciples, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28:18, 20, NIV). In many countries a special day is set aside each year for thanksgiving. But for the Christian every day can be a day of thanksgiving, as we are “always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Ephesians 5:20, NIV).


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