Make a joyful shout to the Lord, all you lands! 2 Serve the Lord with gladness; Come before His presence with singing. 3 Know that the Lord, He is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; We are His people and the sheep of His pasture. 4 Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. 5 For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting, And His truth endures to all generations. NKJV
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. NKJV
And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. 17 And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him. NKJV
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. NKJV
“As we accumulate more, we expect more. The more we have, the more we want. America is plagued with the “more for me” syndrome. Jesus has such an impact on his followers that he desires that we not fall into that trap. God cares for the birds and the lilies (Matthew 6:25-34). He will do the same for us.
“It seems odd, but the more we have the less satisfied we become. Sometimes the new tie does not call for thankfulness. It calls for a matching shirt. The new dinette set, at times, does not call for gratitude. It calls for a matching hutch.
“Let us be grateful to God that we are his. That we can see and hope and be at peace is such a blessing. To have friends, to know Jesus, to get to read the word . . . What a truly wonderful way our lives go. As each of us majors or minors in aches and grief, may we be sharp enough to count the blessings with gratitude.”
“For the Christian ‘thanksgiving’ is not a day, but a way of life. It is not a prayer offered in a singular moment of gratitude, but a continuous prayerful attitude founded in the deep roots of daily gratitude that is felt every day under all circumstances. It is not a few moments spent in sober reflection which acknowledges blessings are good and problems could be worse, it is knowledge of how his hands of blessings have touched our lives with spiritual and temporal bounties to wondrous to count.
“Thanksgiving is not offered because there have been no problems, no troubles, no sorrows, no hardships to be borne or agonies to be endured. It is offered because that even then, blessings can be seen if we have but the courage to look. It is offered because in the kind moments of life (of which there are many) blessings are SO numerous and uncountable that they are taken for granted as being a rightful way of life. Thus, the Christian is thankful, now and forever.”
A THANKSGIVING QUIZ
- How many lepers returned to give Jesus thanks for healing them? (Luke 17:15-16)
- At what feast did Jesus take the cup and give thanks? (Matthew 26:19, 27)
- At whose grave did Jesus lift up his eyes to give thanks? (John 11:14, 41)
- Jesus gave thanks that certain things were hid from whom? (Matthew 11:25)
- What did Jesus do after receiving the loaves at the feeding of the 5,000? (John 6:11)
- Who prayed and gave thanks to God for revealing a king’s dream? (Daniel 2:23).
- Who said that he was thankful not to be like other men? (Luke 18:11)
- Who thanked God and took courage after a long voyage? (Acts 28:15)
- With what does the psalmist tell us to enter into the Lord’s gates? (Psalms 100:4)
- We are instructed in 2 Corinthians 9:15 to give thanks to God for his unspeakable _____________.