28 November 2013

Give Thanks with All of Your Heart

We thank You, Lord, for the beauty of Your creation.
As you give thanks today, whether you are surrounded by family or eating alone, and whether your circumstances are filled with joy or plagued by sorrow, remember that the Lord is good in all that He gives to His children. In affliction and pain as well as in gladness and comfort, He is good.

Whether this year has found your family strengthened or split apart; whether sin has ravaged relationships or Christ has undergirded them; whether the bills are paid with confidence or doubt, the Lord is kind. He always provides for those who are His and His promises are sure and certain.

If we are in Christ we are thankful that we know to Whom we offer our thanks. We are thankful that we can rest in His sovereignty and trust in His perfect providence. We look around us at the wonder and beauty of His creation, and we thank Him for the blessing of allowing us to enjoy it each day. We are thankful for each sunrise, each singing bird, each raindrop and each unique flake of snow. We are grateful for His common grace and for putting on display His power and His divine nature.

We praise God for His omniscience, omnipotence, goodness, provision, holiness, righteousness, immutability, grace, mercy and justice. We thank Him for the kindness He extended to us while we were yet sinners and enemies. We thank Christ for His perfect obedience in life and in death and for His willingness to die for sinners. We offer our thanks to the Lord for the promise of eternal life for those who come to Him in repentance and faith. We thank Him for saving us, for we could not save ourselves.

If we have been saved by God, if we have been born again from above, then we thank Him for His Word. We are grateful for the truth that it contains, for the comfort that it brings, and for the gospel that it proclaims. We cling to the Christ who graces every page and we long for the day when we will finally see Him face to face. And so today, as we prepare to give thanks, let us turn to that Word to express the praise and gratitude that overwhelms our hearts today and every day.

Praise the LORD!
I will give thanks to the LORD with all my heart,
In the company of the upright and in the assembly.
Great are the works of the LORD;
They are studied by all who delight in them.
Splendid and majestic is His work,
And His righteousness endures forever.
He has made His wonders to be remembered;
the LORD is gracious and compassionate.
He has given food to those who fear Him;
He will remember His covenant forever.
He has made known to His people the power of His works,
In giving them the heritage of the nations.
The works of His hands are truth and justice;
All His precepts are sure.
They are upheld forever and ever;
They are performed in truth and uprightness.
He has sent redemption to His people;
He has ordained His covenant forever;
Holy and awesome is His name.
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom;
A good understanding have all those who do His commandments;
His praise endures forever.

(Psalm 111)

Happy Thanksgiving.

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1 comment:

  1. Being thankful to the Lord for all his blessing today helps me from being obsessed and depress while celebrating Thanksgiving away from family. I spent many years in the 1980's Thanksgiving at sea in the Persian gulf when I was in the Navy. Now because of economic reasons I can only afford the Christmas holyday trip. I prefer just myself and a turkey dinner and marathon anime viewing and some rag chew on my ham radio if I have stay put for Thanksgiving.

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