Thanksgiving is not merely a day to be observed once a year. For the Christian, it must be a way of daily living. In Psalm 92:1 we read, “It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord, and to sing praises unto Thy name, O Most high.” The worship most acceptable to God comes from a thankful heart. So in this devotional, let the question before us be “Are You Thankful?”
David gave thanks for the wondrous works of God in Psalm 26:7. He spoke "with the voice of thanksgiving."
In I Chronicles 23:30, we read that the Levites were "to stand every morning to thank and praise the LORD, and likewise at even.”
When the secret of Nebuchadnezzar's dream was revealed from Heaven in a night vision, Daniel gave thanks by saying in Daniel 2:23, "I thank thee … O thou God of my fathers, who … hast made known unto me now what we desired of thee."
In Nehemiah 12, Nehemiah dedicated the wall of Jerusalem with "thanksgiving" and in that way appointed two great companies to "give thanks."
In Amos 4:5, Amos exhorts Israel to repent by saying, "Offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving."
In Acts 5:41, the apostles suffered persecution, but gave thanks to be "counted worthy to suffer shame for [Jesus'] name."
At God's throne, the angels worshipped God, by saying in Revelation 7:12, “thanksgiving … be unto our God."
Paul often wielded his pen in thanksgiving. Paul was in peril of his life in Damascus, coldly suspected by his fellow believers in Jerusalem, persecuted in Antioch, stoned in Lystra, assaulted in Iconium, beaten with many stripes and put in jail at Philippi, attacked by a lewd and envious crowd in Thessalonica, pursued by jealous enmity in Berea, despised in Athens, blasphemed in Corinth, exposed to the fierce wrath of the Ephesians, in prison without his freedom, in winter without his coat, in court without friends, in poverty without aid. But in none of these was he without his hymn of thanksgiving.
Jesus, Son of Man without sin, Son of God with power, gave thanks. Jesus gave thanks for food. In Mark 6:41 we read, "And when he had taken the five loaves and the two fishes, he looked up to heaven, and blessed, and brake the loaves." Are you, like Jesus, grateful for food?
Jesus was thankful for personal gifts. When Mary, in John 12:7, with uncalculated love broke the costly box of precious nard and anointed His head and feet, He defended her against her critics and immortalized her deed.
Jesus was thankful for friends. In John 15:15 He said, "Henceforth I call you not servants…but… friends.”
Jesus was thankful for helpful service. When seated on the throne under a new relationship, He will recall kindness done to Him and His people. In Matthew 25:34-36 we read, "Then shall
the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father … For I was an hungered, and ye gave me meat: was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: … Naked, and ye clothed me: … sick, and ye visited me."
Jesus was thankful for revealed truth. In Matthew 11:25 He said, "I thank thee, O Father … because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes."
Jesus was thankful for answered prayer. In John 11:41 we read, "And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me.”
May the words of the song “Thank You, Lord” written in 1940 again be a blessing to you this week.
Some thank the Lord for friends and home, for mercies sure and sweet;
But I would praise Him for His grace in prayer I would repeat:
Some thank Him for the flowers that grow, some for the stars that shine.
My heart is filled with joy and praise because I know He’s mine.
I trust in Him from day to day; I prove His saving grace:
I’ll sing this song of praise to Him until I see His face.
Thank you, Lord, for saving my soul; thank you, Lord, for making me whole.
Thank you, Lord, for giving to me Thy great salvation so rich and free.
May the Lord bless you this week as you prayerfully read and meditate on the attached Weekly SERMON, “The Path to Gaining Financial Freedom.”
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