We Have Good Reason to be Thankful

Thanksgiving Day is coming up. Every fourth Thursday in November is the day set aside. It was intended to give thanks to the one and only God. Now it’s politically correct to say give thanks to whoever and whatever god you want. Who else is there to thank but God?

Here is David’s final public act before his death. The throne was being transferred to Solomon. In doing so David calls a thanksgiving day.

I Chronicles 29:10 Wherefore David blessed the Lord before all the congregation: and David said, Blessed be thou, Lord God of Israel our father, for ever and ever. 11 Thine, O Lord is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine; thine is the kingdom, O Lord, and thou art exalted as head above all. 12 Both riches and honour come of thee, and thou reignest over all; and in thine hand is power and might; and in thine hand it is to make great, and to give strength unto all. 13 Now therefore, our God, we thank thee, and praise thy glorious name. 14 But who am I, and what is my people, that we should be able to offer so willingly after this sort? for all things come of thee, and of thine own have we given thee. 15 For we are strangers before thee, and sojourners, as were all our fathers: our days on the earth are as a shadow, and there is none abiding. 16 O Lord our God, all this store that we have prepared to build thee an house for thine holy name cometh of thine hand, and is all thine own. 17 I know also, my God, that thou triest the heart, and hast pleasure in uprightness. As for me, in the uprightness of mine heart I have willingly offered all these things: and now have I seen with joy thy people, which are present here, to offer willingly unto thee. 20 And David said to all the congregation, Now bless the Lord your God. And all the congregation blessed the Lord God of their fathers, and bowed down their heads, and worshipped the Lord, and the king.

The choir sang “I Am Blessed.” We can all say “I AM BLESSED!” Glory! Glory! Glory! Verse 10 states Wherefore David blessed the Lord before all the congregation: and David said, Blessed be thou, Lord God of Israel our father, for ever and ever. All the supplies were there to build the temple but God set it for Solomon to build, not David. King David gathered everybody together and said it’s time to bless the Lord. How do we do that? It’s our responsibility to do it for the blessings God has given us. He blesses us with things given to make us happy, to be satisfied, to have wishes come true, to be settled. Don’t be focused on what you don’t have. Be thankful for what you do have. So we say thanks. David said blessed be the Lord God of Israel our father. You don’t see it much in the Old Testament where people call God their Father. When he called God Father he knew God had taken care of him. He was a Father to him. We can say it too.

“God Is So Good.” Both riches and honour come of thee, and thou reignest over all; and in thine hand is power and might; and in thine hand it is to make great, and to give strength unto all.  Now therefore, our God, we thank thee, and praise thy glorious name. The song reminded us that God is good. David said all he had was a gift from God. Even when bad times come God is in control. When needy times come, when the doctor’s report is bad, we still have to say God is so good to me. All that we have has been given to us by God.

“To God Be The Glory.” To give glory means to give credit or honor to, to praise or exalt someone. We use the term praise everyday. It bothers me to hear praise to leaders or celebrities. No one really deserves praise but God. Herod made a big speech and the people praised him. Instead of telling the people not to do it, he thanked them for it. God struck him. God uses others as vessels but the credit goes to God. Thine, O Lord is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine; thine is the kingdom, O Lord, and thou art exalted as head above all. No power can match the power of God. We feel it. To him is glory and victory. We know we are winners because of him. There is no one else like our God. To him be glory. Remember what Jesus taught in the Lord’s prayer: Our Father, who art in heaven. Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever.

“Count Your Blessings.” It’s not just a song but an injunction by scripture. O Lord our God, all this store that we have prepared to build thee an house for thine holy name cometh of thine hand, and is all thine own. All the gold and silver and brass. All the cedars of Lebanon that David gathered for the temple came from God’s hand. What is ours now was given to us by the Lord. Everything is your wallet is yours given by God. The clothes you have–God gave them. He gives it all and it belongs to him. Psalms 139:17-18 says How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with thee. It’s not just a few blessings along the way. We’ve received more today than we can count. Try counting blessings and I guarantee that you won’t come to an end.

“Thanks For Loving Me.” The song reminds us of the reason God is so good to us. He loves us. John 3:16 says for God so loved the world he gave his only begotten son that whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have everlasting life. Look at how David prayed. Now therefore, our God, we thank thee, and praise thy glorious name.  But who am I, and what is my people, that we should be able to offer so willingly after this sort? for all things come of thee, and of thine own have we given thee.  For we are strangers before thee, and sojourners, as were all our fathers: our days on the earth are as a shadow, and there is none abiding.  O Lord our God, all this store that we have prepared to build thee an house for thine holy name cometh of thine hand, and is all thine own. I know also, my God, that thou triest the heart, and hast pleasure in uprightness. As for me, in the uprightness of mine heart I have willingly offered all these things: and now have I seen with joy thy people, which are present here, to offer willingly unto thee. He spoke of God’s greatness and all of a sudden said “WHO AM I?” Of all the gifts, we’d not receive one except for the central gift: God’s only begotten son. He was sent but willingly came. He went through all we’d go through. Because of our sins Jesus knew we’d go to hell. Without him we could do nothing. He laid his life down and became the sacrifice for us. We don’t have to go to hell. Jesus arose to live forever. Though this body dies, we will live with Jesus. Who am I? We can’t pat ourselves on the back. It’s God who deserves praise. Thank you, Lord, for loving me. The least we can do is give him our all.

“Thank You, Lord, For Your Blessings On Me.” In this final song consider verse 20 along with it. And David said to all the congregation, Now bless the Lord your God. And all the congregation blessed the Lord God of their fathers, and bowed down their heads, and worshipped the Lord, and the king. David said it is now time to bless the Lord. And the congregation did so. Now is the time. Today. When tomorrow comes, do it again. Today is the day of thanksgiving–everyday.

 

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