THANK YOU, LORD!
As we all know, this is the time of year we celebrate Thanksgiving. So much has already been said about this subject that I hate trying to add anything to it. Yet, on the other hand, sometimes not enough can be said about our need to be thankful. We truly live in a time when we have so much for which to be thankful with so little thanks given!
Giving thanks isn't an end to itself. We should be thankful in all things, as we have heard many times before, but this is just the beginning of other important aspects of the Christian life.
I call your attention to 1 Chronicles 16:8-13. This is what it says in those verses.
“Give thanks unto the Lord, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the people. Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him, talk ye of all his wondrous works. Glory ye in his holy name: Let the heart of them rejoice that seek the Lord. Seek ye the Lord and his strength, seek his face continually. Remember his marvelous works that he hath done, his wonders, and the judgments of his mouth; O ye seed of Israel his servant, ye children of Jacob, his chosen ones.”
Though these words were spoken to Jews, we have something in common with them in this area. Both Jew and Gentile should be thankful for what God has done for them and I think we should also react in the same basic way that God wanted the Jews to react to His wonderful works among men.
The words I just shared with you would be important if they were only repeated once for us. It is interesting to note that the same principals are repeated more than one time in the scriptures.
The need for thanking God and the “works” that follow thanks are also listed in Psalm 105. Listen to what the first verse says.
“O, Give thanks unto the Lord, call upon his name: make known his deeds among the people….”
If you were to read the rest of the verses, they say the same thing recorded for us in 1 Chronicles.
Nearly the same thing is recorded for us again in Isaiah 12:4. Listen to what it says here.
“And in that day shall ye say, Praise the Lord, call upon his name, declare his doings among the people, make mention that his name is exalted.”
Perhaps God recorded this for us three times because it is so very important and so often left out of our lives, even as Godly men and women. Today, I just want to share with you a few thoughts about giving thanks, calling on His name and making God’s deeds known among our people.
GIVE THANKS UNTO THE LORD
We should thank Him for who He is and what He is to us, as well as what He wants to be to us if we will let Him. I’m talking about His marvelous works in our lives, the wonders He has performed for each of us over the years, His judgments on our lifestyles, chastisements, reproofs and guidance through the years to bring us where we are today. Praise the Lord!
We often ask, “What have I got to be thankful for?”
…Thankful for the fact that in Him we live and move and have our being. Acts 17:28
…Thankful for the fact that He loved us, even when we didn’t love Him. We love Him because He first loved us. 1 John 3:1
…Thankful for the fact that as Christians we have a friend that sticks closer than a brother. Proverbs 18:24
…Thankful for giving us the gift of eternal life found in His Son.
…Thankful for a country where we can still enjoy religious freedom.
…Thankful for being part of Bible-believing and Bible preaching churches.
…Thankful for the many blessings He has showered us with.
Health (good or poor)
Loved ones and friends
Running water and plumbing
We should be thankful for not only the big things we can think about but the countless little things we don’t think about.
How often should we pause in our lives to thank the Lord? Rather than observing a set time of years, it seems this should be a perpetual attitude or state of heart throughout each day and night. If we stopped to give thanks about everything our Lord has done for us, we would thank Him all the time and maybe our Lord would open our eyes to some of the things He has done for us that we never think about.
We often fail to give thanks unto whom thanks are due.
We have not gotten these things by ourselves, by our own might, our own wiles or cunning, but they are supplied by a loving Lord who watches over us and cares for us.Not only should we learn to thank each other, but we should also remember to thank our true source for what He has done for us.There is only One who is really worthy of our praise, the Lord Jesus.
God isn’t look for these things from just a few of His children, He wants all of them to do it.Isn’t it a comfort to know that even if we don’t thank God for what He has done for us, He still loves us and is kind to us. Consider Luke 6:35.
Giving thanks is not an end unto itself. Without the proper attitude of thanks, we see no need to take the second step God wants us to take.
By giving thanks and learning to call on His name, we both look for His blessings and we want to share them with others.If we keep silence, is it because we are unthankful and don’t call on our Lord the way we should?
Among the many things I'm thankful about is the wonderful response to thie website. When this phase of ministry started for me, I was at the bottom of the learning curve. I'm probably still there, but I have learned a few things thanks to the Lord's direction in this area.
It was a thrill when anyone looked at the Independent Baptist Connection when it first started. Two or three visitors a day was something worth singing about. If twenty people visited in a month, I felt like God was doing something. The whole process has taught me that this isn't my website! It belongs to the Lord. He's the One who sends the visitors and directs them to what they need to hear about. I'm just the messenger but the message is His.
Things have changed drastically since the early days of the Independent Baptist Connection. We're now averaging more than 7,000 or more visitors a month from all over the world. This is up dramatically from the 50 or so visitors a month that we started with. The amazing thing is this: we don't advertise on any other website! I don't completely understand how they find us, but I'm glad they came. So, I want to take a moment to thank you, whoever and wherever you are, for visting this website. I hope something here has helped you. We're just getting started, there's much to learn and much to do. Things may look bleak for you today, but don't forget to thank the Lord anyway.
These are heavy duty things to think about for Thanksgiving aren’t they? I hope you will share them with your family around the dinner table in a few days.