The political, educational and social spheres of our world find themselves in a season of transition. Any transition creates tension and tension has a tendency to give place to anxiety, worry and fear. Thankfully Christians have a solution. Thanksgiving.
Thanksgiving is the sacrifice continually offered by the Altar’ed life. Thanksgiving corrects our focus. Thanksgiving opens the way into the Lord’s Presence. When we offer the fruit of our lips by giving thanks, we set the table in advance of the blessing being prepared for us.
When we offer our thanksgiving and praise we are honoring the Lord. The honor we give Him indicates the level of our admiration, respect, and esteem. When giving honor we should bow down with more than our knees. Let us bow our heart, our soul, and everything else that is within us.
Psalm 95:6 says, “Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the LORD our Maker; for he is our God and we are the people of his pasture, the flock under his care.” Take the next ten days and focus on giving thanks, praise and worship. I promise it will change your life, it has mine.
For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God. Ephesians 3:14-19 KJV
Tell the Next Generation the Praiseworthy deeds of our Lord.
Let this Thanksgiving Day be a new entry point where we assist in the development of a deeper spiritual relationship between the Lord and our children and grandchildren.
Scripture Reading: Psalm 78:2-4 I will open my mouth in parables, I will utter hidden things, things from of old—what we have heard and known, what our fathers have told us. We will not hide them from their children; we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, his power, and the wonders he has done.
Thanksgiving is often brushed aside in all the frantic business of life, but it is the very attitude of giving thanks that must last beyond this week’s holiday. In the Scripture we are commanded to be thankful. What must we do to develop and cultivate an attitude of thanksgiving? What does thanksgiving do for us and for the generations who are coming after us?
The Scripture tells us to enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise His Name. For the Lord is good and His love endures forever; His faithfulness continues through all generations. Psalm 100:4-5
Thanksgiving creates an atmosphere of gratefulness in our present circumstances and in our outlook on life. That outlook has a tremendous effect on our children and grandchildren. Whether it is taking extra time to give thanks at our Thanksgiving meal or asking family members to express what they are thankful for, thanksgiving should cause us to focus on:
- HIS NAME
The Name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe. Proverbs 18:10
- HIS GOODNESS
Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him. Psalm 34:8
- HIS GRACE
The lions may grow weak and hungry, but those who seek the LORD lack no good thing. Psalm 34:10
- HIS GLORY
Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song. For the Lord is the great God, the great King above all gods. Psalm 95:2-3
The Lord wants us to be a people who continually give thanks (something we do), and become thankful (something we become). The Lord honors grateful people who are always giving thanks. 2 Thessalonians 2:13 says, But we ought always to thank God for you, brothers loved by the Lord, because from the beginning God chose you to be saved through the sanctifying work of the Spirit and through belief in the truth.
Sing to the LORD with thanksgiving; make music to our God on the harp. He covers the sky with clouds; he supplies the earth with rain and makes grass grow on the hills. He provides food for the cattle and for the young ravens when they call. His pleasure is not in the strength of the horse, nor his delight in the legs of a man; the LORD delights in those who fear him, who put their hope in his unfailing love. Psalm 147:7-11
I pray you have a blessed Thanksgiving holiday. In Jesus’ Name.