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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Thanksgiving

Tomorrow, Thursday, November 22 is the traditional Thanksgiving Day in the US.  

This year, instead of their coming home we will visit one of our son’s places where two other daughters in the area come to join us to thank God in view of the fact that the final exam week is approaching. The other son’s family is in Los Angeles and they cannot join us unfortunately because of their weekend work schedule.

I meditated on God’s blessing bestowed on me and my family past years and gave thanks to the Lord Jesus for what He has done for me on the Cross, which is the greatest blessing that I have ever received from anyone.


An anonymous writer said;

 “Be thankful that you don't already have everything you desire.

If you did, what would there be to look forward to?

    Be thankful when you don't know something

 For it gives you the opportunity to learn.

    Be thankful for the difficult times.

 During those times you grow.

    Be thankful for your limitations

 Because they give you opportunities for improvement.

    Be thankful for each new challenge

 Because it will build your strength and character.

    Be thankful for your mistakes

 They will teach you valuable lessons.

    Be thankful when you're tired and weary

 Because it means you've made a difference.

    It is easy to be thankful for the good things.

 A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who are also thankful for the setbacks.”


The theme of Thanksgiving is found throughout the Bible, and perhaps nowhere more so than in the Psalms.  Psalm 103 is a great psalm of thanksgiving.

We read in, Psalm 103:1-5; 

“Praise the Lord, O my soul;

All my inmost being, praise His Holy name.

Praise the Lord, O my soul,

And forget not all His benefits

Who forgives all your sins

And heals all your diseases,

Who redeems your life from the pit

And crowns you with love and compassion,

Who satisfies your desires with good things

So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.”


This psalm, attributed to King David, begins with words of personal thanksgiving, and I think that's where most of us begin too.

If you had to make a list of what you are thankful for, where would you start?  Probably with the ways in which you have personally been blessed. God blesses us with salvation and health and with all the good things we need. The greatest blessings may be the ones we most take for granted.


REASONS TO PRAISE GOD

Very simply, we praise God because He is worthy of our praise (1 Chronicles 16:25; Revelation. 5:11-14). He is the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End, the King of kings and Lord of lords. He is our Creator, Provider, Healer, Redeemer, Judge, Defender and much more.

Another foundational reason to praise God is simple obedience. The Bible says God is a “jealous” God Who demands and desires our praise. “You shall have no other gods before Me,” says the first commandment (Deuteronomy 6:7).

As the psalmist said, “Let everything that has breath praise the Lord” (Psalm 150:6). As we praise God, we will discover incredible benefits for our lives. That’s because human beings were created by God to praise Him (Isaiah 43:7, Matthew 21:16). Due to man’s original sin, however, this relationship was disrupted.

Praising God helps restore us to that right relationship, for God actually dwells in the praises of His people (Psalm 22:3). As we draw near to the Father in praise, He draws near to us (James 4:8). Praising God is also our ultimate destiny. When the Lord Jesus Christ returns again to earth, all creation -- including prideful mankind -- will recognize His glory and praise Him ( Philippians 2:9-11).
 

PRAISE FOR PROTECTION

God also gives us assurances of additional blessings as we praise Him. When we praise God, He honors us as His children, and provides His loving protection (2 Samuel 22:47-51). Failure to praise God, however, leaves us out of fellowship with God and out of His divine protection (1 Samuel 2:27-32).

Our praise can also serve as a powerful witness to those who do not know the Lord (1 Peter 2:9). Also, God can work miraculously through our praises. The ancient walls of Jericho came crashing down, giving victory to God's people, as a result of shouts of praise (Joshua 6:1-21). The prison doors shook open when Paul and Silas praised God (Acts 16:25-26).

Quoted partially from http://www.collinsegbe.com/


We read in, 1 Thessalonians 5:18 saying to us;

Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.”


One of the unknown quotes well said;

 “If you never thank God after every smile.... Then why do you blame him for every tear...?”


Dear readers, do you wish to obey God’s will?

Let us thank and praise our Heavenly Father and His Only Begotten Son Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior 365 days, not just for the Thanksgiving Day of the year.

Amen.

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