Putting the “Thanks” back in Thanksgiving
Turkeys, stuffing or dressing (whichever you call it), the Mayflower, Pilgrims, Native Americans, and a shared dinner table are what most people think about when they think of Thanksgiving. Oddly enough, the idea of showing gratitude to God isn’t the first thing that comes to the mind of many.
Don’t get me wrong, there is absolutely nothing wrong with enjoying the fellowship of your family and friends and even indulging in the delicious cuisine that your mom, aunts, and grandmother spent hours, and sometimes even days to prepare. Fried, baked, or roasted turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, corn, dinner rolls, cranberry sauce, macaroni and cheese, and pumpkin or sweet potato pie are all dishes that fill one’s heart with joy and makes one feel as giddy as a little child on Christmas morning (which, is another article in itself).
Nevertheless, we mustn’t forget that absent God none of these blessings would exist, and for this we should ever be grateful.
Thanksgiving can, quite simply, be defined as the “expression of [great] gratitude, especially to God.” For God is the sole provider of all that we have or shall ever acquire. He is the source of our lives, our health, and our strength. Without his love, care, and concern for us, we would be in a world of trouble.
Psalm 7: 17 says “I will give to the LORD the thanks due to his righteousness, and I will sing praise to the name of the LORD, the Most High” (English Standard Version). Showing gratitude to God should be an inherent act amongst his saints. Whether it be in word or deed the expression of thanks to God should encompass the Christian heart, mind, and spirit.
Honestly, showing God gratitude isn’t a difficult thing to do; If you take a moment or two to think about how truly awesome he is & how awesome he has been to you.
Frankly, you could spend a lifetime, just thanking God for your salvation; let alone all the miracles, prayers, healings, deliverance, and the like that he has either performed or answered for you or your loved ones.
There is nothing like having a grateful heart towards God. Because you realize that “we are all…impure with sin…[and]…our righteous deeds…are nothing but filthy rags…” (Isaiah 64:6, New Living Translation) But, God’s righteousness endures forever. And, he is always faithful, he is always good, and he is always loving and kind; truly there is no one on this earth quite like our Savior.
Even more, when we show God gratitude he is moved even the more to bless us, so that we can in turn be a blessing to others.
Giving God praise and thanks, simply, for who he is should always be our desire. There should not be a minute, hour, or day that passes us by that we do not magnify his wondrous name.
So, I challenge us all this Thanksgiving, as we sit around the dinner table, and just before we dig into the succulent feast, laid before us, that we go around the table and give thanks to God for being the Alpha and the Omega, the Bright and Morning Star, the Beginning and the End, Emmanuel, El Elyon, Jehovah-Rapha, Jehovah-Jireh, The Prince of Peace, The Lord of Lords, and The Everlasting Father.
And, wouldn’t it be something if your entire family erupted into a great praise of thanks, unto the Lord, and the Holy Spirit fell upon you all healing, saving, setting free, and delivering you; Now wouldn’t that be something to see!
So, make it a point this Thanksgiving to Praise ye the Lord! And, never forget to always give him thanks!
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