Almost everything we do--is done with the need for the stamp of approval. I clean my house--in hopes you will comment upon my tidiness skills (And maybe to satisfy my OCD personality). I cook only what I need to sustain life when cooking for myself, but if I am cooking for others---I take great pride in being a good cook. You see I am given approval when others tell me how delicious my offering is. When I work in my yard, I do not keep it hidden behind a fence--but instead leave it wide open to public scrutiny. If you stop and comment--I quickly sweep you around to see the backyard too. All for the sake of a moment of praise.
I love my sweet grands---and spend many hours helping keep them on course. My daughter ALWAYS thanks me for each and every small act of assistance. Would I still help without the thanks--probably--but it would then become the love of those little grands which would motivate me. So I have a win-win, when I receive thanks from her and the sweet love of those little ones.
Your praise is a form of thanks for my offering--whatever form it takes. We all covet--the love, approval, and thanks of those we serve--in whatever form the service takes.
HOLD ON TO YOUR HAT--I AM ABOUT TO SHOCK YOU--
GOD DOES NOT NEED OUR THANKS!
In the beginning--there was nothing and with each new creation--GOD acknowledged it was good--and there was no need for thanks-His Word was sufficient. He spent 6 days creating---and each day---HE said, "It is good" until He created man and He said that it all was VERY Good---and there was never an utterance from Adam or Eve of thanks.
God will be God--AND He is unchangeable---EVEN if we fail to offer Him praise and thanksgiving. God is infinite love and mercy--and His character is not dependent upon man's thanks.
BUT---our thanksgiving and praise---ARE a reflection of our heart--our recognition of Who He Is! When we humble ourselves---climb down off our personal throne---and fall before Him in absolute awe of all He has blessed us with---it is a sign of the condition of our heart---not His need for our approval. When we offer Him true praise and thanksgiving---He is pleased and it floats to the Heavens as incense around the altar. But God will continue to faithfully love us--watch over us--care for us--provide for us---even if we fail to thank Him.
Think on this, Friends---give me your thoughts---Does God need or require our thanks? I cherish your input!
"Yours, O LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, indeed everything that is in the heavens and the earth; Yours is the dominion, O LORD, and You exalt Yourself as head over all.
I Chronicles 29:11