Thanks to God
Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good!
For His mercy endures forever.
Oh, give thanks to the God of gods!
For His mercy endures forever.
Oh, give thanks to the Lord of lords!
For His mercy endures forever:
And crying out with a loud voice, saying,
"Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!"
All the angels stood around the throne
And the elders and the four living creatures,
And fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, saying:
Blessing and glory and wisdom,
Thanksgiving and honor and power and might,
Be to our God forever and ever.
Thanksgiving to the Lord reminds all of us Pilgrims, that He has provided all things. It develops in us an appreciation for the countless ways He cares for us. Thanksgiving protects our hearts from the lure of materialism by pointing out God's fingerprints on our lives.
First, THANKSGIVING CHARACTERIZEs CHRIST'S LIFE
Second, THANKSGIVING CHARACTERIZEs THE LIVES OF THE Old Testament SAINTS:
Third, THANKSGIVING FLOWs FROM SPECIAL New Testament SAINTS.
Fourth, THANKSGIVING IS COMMANDED.
Fifth, THANKSGIVING IS PART OF OUR ETERNAL OBLIGATION.
A medieval legend tells of two angels sent to earth by the Lord to gather the prayers of the saints. One was to gather the petitions and the other the thanksgivings. The angel responsible for petitions was not able to carry them back to heaven in one load, while the angel responsible for thanksgivings carried his back in one hand.
That legend developed from the sad fact that God's children are more prone to ask than to thank. The Psalms are instructive in this regard, in that they contain more praise than petition. Believers come into their Father's presence through thanksgiving. We "enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise" (Ps. 100:4). William Hendriksen picturesquely commented that "when a person prays without thanksgiving he has clipped the wings of prayer so that it cannot rise." In Ephesians 5:20 Paul tells when, for what, how, and to whom the Spirit-filled believer is to be thankful.
Thanksgiving Characterized Christ's Life
Thanksgiving to the Lord reminds us that He has provided all things. It develops in us an appreciation for the countless ways He cares for us. Jesus said that "where your treasure is, there will your heart be also." Matthew 6:21 Thanksgiving protects our hearts from the lure of materialism by pointing out God's fingerprints on our lives. He knows our needs and the difference between our needs and wants. He instructs us to seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow. Matthew 6:33-34a. Thanking Him renews our eternal perspective.
So What Should We Do?
· If you are a man who has a family you need to plan to bring your Bible and plan a brief scripture and prayer at your Thursday meal.
· If you do not have a godly husband (or even any husband) take the lead and read God's Word at The Thanksgiving Meal.
· If you don't know where to start ask any elder or any deacon in this church today what they read at Thanksgiving and try to pattern yours after theirs. The key is to pause and let God into your meal!
· And one more thing, once you get started, why not just try and do something from the Word of God each day with your family!
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