Happy Thanksgiving! This is one of those holidays that I wish was more like Christmas ya know? Beginning this Sunday we will get a steady diet of four straight weeks of Christmas songs, carols and some new music that you are going to love, but we will have only sung one week of Thanksgiving. There is just never enough of being thankful. Especially for the believer. According to Billy Graham, "nothing turns us into bitter, selfish, dissatisfied people more quickly than an ungrateful heart. And nothing will do more to restore contentment and the joy of our salvation than a true spirit of thankfulness."
Read the lyrics of the last verse of this great Thanksgiving hymn by Keith and Kristyn Getty:
My heart is filled with thankfulness to Him who reigns above, whose wisdom is my perfect peace, whose ev'ry thought is love.
For ev'ry day I have on earth, is given by the King; So I will give my life, my all, to love and follow Him.
As a Christian, thankfulness should be our daily posture. To one who knows what they have been rescued from, thankfulness should come really easy. It's the attitude of the apostle Paul in Philippians 4:6-7:
"Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."
We are commanded to enter the gates of the Lord with Thanksgiving from Psalm 95:1-3:
"Oh come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation! Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise! For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods."
We give thanks to the Lord for His unfailing love toward us, Psalm 107:8-9:
"Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind, for he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things."
Let us give thanks this season, for the blessings that Christ has given us, but not just for the blessings given, but for the giver! He is worthy of our thanks!
Have a great holiday! Here is a link to "My Heart is Filled With Thankfulness"!
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