Thanksgiving 2017

2 Samuel 22:50 “Therefore I will give thanks to You, O LORD, among the nations, And I will sing praises to Your name.

1 Chronicles 16:7 Then on that day David first assigned Asaph and his relatives to give thanks to the LORD. 8 Oh give thanks to the LORD, call upon His name; Make known His deeds among the peoples.

1 Chronicles 16:34 O give thanks to the LORD, for He is good; For His lovingkindness is everlasting. 35 Then say, “Save us, O God of our salvation, And gather us and deliver us from the nations, To give thanks to Your holy name, And glory in Your praise.” 41 With them were Heman and Jeduthun, and the rest who were chosen, who were designated by name, to give thanks to the LORD, because His lovingkindness is everlasting.

2 Chronicles 20:21 When he had consulted with the people, he appointed those who sang to the LORD and those who praised Him in holy attire, as they went out before the army and said, “Give thanks to the LORD, for His lovingkindness is everlasting.”

Psalm 7:17 I will give thanks to the LORD according to His righteousness And will sing praise to the name of the LORD Most High.

Psalm 9:1 For the choir director; on Muth-labben. A Psalm of David. I will give thanks to the LORD with all my heart; I will tell of all Your wonders.

Psalm 18:49 Therefore I will give thanks to You among the nations, O LORD, And I will sing praises to Your name.

Americans (a large number) travel many miles in some cases to be with families and friends for a time that is called Thanksgiving. Is it really a time of Thanksgiving or a time to be around people and eat a lot. There is also some statistics that show that there are more arrests for drunk driving during this long weekend than any other. The time of Thanksgiving is also thought of by many as a religious day, and there are many passages of Scripture that speak of giving thanks. However, Thanksgiving can also be thought of as a day when people get together and have an idolatrous time together. Instead of being a time when people give thanks to God in the biblical way, Thanksgiving is now a time thought of as being for families and eating and drinking.

It does not seem that there is anything inherently wrong for having a time of Thanksgiving, but we must keep the societal practice distinct from the religious concept. Just because families are together does not mean that they are giving thanks to God and it does not mean that they are thankful to God. Just because a person is thankful that s/he has a lot to eat does not mean that the person is thankful to God. Just because a person is thankful in some way that s/he has enough to eat does not mean that the person is anything less than idolatrous to the real and true God.

When one examines the biblical passages above, there is a clear and unmistakable theme of a thorough God-centeredness:

Thanksgiving involves singing praises from the heart to the true God.
Thanksgiving involves calling upon the name of the true God from the heart.
Thanksgiving involves calling upon the name of the true God.
Thanksgiving involves making known the deeds of the true God.
Thanksgiving involves praising the character of the true God.
Thanksgiving involves praying to be delivered from the nations that one can praise the true God.
Thanksgiving involves telling the wonders of the true God.
Thanksgiving involves giving thanks to the true God among the nations.
Thanksgiving is all about the true God and not just about how much we can eat and drink. Let us seek the Lord for grace that we may be truly thankful for who He is and His glory that shines in and through Christ. After all, the true God can only be praised for who He really is through Christ who reveals who He truly is.

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