Let us come before him with thanksgiving . . . for the Lord is the great God.
Among the thousands of sentiments printed on greeting cards, perhaps one of the most touching is this simple statement: "Thanks for being you." If you receive that card, you know that someone cares for you not because you did something spectacular for that person but because you're appreciated for your essence.
I wonder if this kind of sentiment might indicate for us one of the best ways to say "thank you" to God. Sure, there are times when God intervenes in our lives in a tangible way, and we say something like, "Thank You, Lord, for allowing me to get that job." But most often, we can simply say, "Thank You, God, for being who You are."
That's what's behind verses like 1 Chronicles 16:34: "Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever." Thank You, God, for who You are-good and loving. And Psalm 7:17: "I will give thanks to the Lord because of his righteousness." Thank You, God, for who You are-the holy One. And "Let us come before him with thanksgiving . . . for the Lord is the great God" (Psalm 95:2-3). Thank You, God, for who You are-the Almighty God of the universe.
Who God is. That's reason enough for us to stop what we're doing and praise and thank Him. Thank You, God, for just being You!