Deuteronomy 26:11 NKJV

So you shall rejoice in every good thing which the LORD your God has given to you and your house, you and the Levite and the stranger who is among you.

 Gratitude is important and beneficial in many ways. The Israelites were instructed to rejoice in every good thing the Lord had given them. In Deuteronomy 8:10, they were told to bless the Lord after they ate and were full. We are used to praying over our food before we eat, but here we see that God’s people were told to do something after they ate. The gratitude shown after the meal would keep them mindful of where all good things come from. If we choose to do the same, this should not eliminate the prayer we offer before the meal, but it would be good to add thanksgiving afterward also. We can’t do too much to stay grateful and remind ourselves that the God we serve is good to us.

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