Psalms 100 is one of the all time favorites for most Christians as the National Day of Thanksgiving rolls around, and well it should be. Let’s read it together.
Shout joyfully to the Lord, all the earth
Serve the Lord with gladness;
Come into His presence with thanksgiving
Know that the Lord Himself is God.
It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves;
We are His people and the sheep of His pasture
Enter into His courts with praise.
Give thanks to Him; bless His name,
For the Lord is good;
His loving kindness is everlasting,
And His faithfulness to all generations.
What a wonderful reminder of the goodness of our Creator and Father who at this very moment looks down upon us with love and affection. It was early in the morning hour, when night begins to slowly give way to light that I sat in my usual chair sipping a cup of coffee, reading God’s word, and reflecting on the wisdom it contains for living a joyful and fruitful life. As I prayed to the Lord, it was almost as if an audible voice spoke to me and said, “Stop asking Me for the things I can do for you, and praise Me for what I have already done.” I replied, “Yes Lord, for even if I praised you forever, I could never thank you enough for the blessing You have so generously sent to me.”
I don’t know about you, but sadly, I cannot recall even one Thanksgiving Day that my family celebrated when I was growing up. For certain, we did not celebrate birthdays, for that was seen as a waste of money that we did not have. Thankfully, that all changed when I married the love of my life for the past forty years. Penny and I have always looked forward to Thanksgiving Day because it is a time when we once again get to see our children and grandchildren around the table. It is a time to enjoy the fellowship of friends and loved ones, a time to laugh, and even a time to shed tears of joy as we remember the goodness of our Lord.
Thanksgiving Day is almost upon us, and I would like to challenge you to do something that perhaps you have never done before. It is very simple, but it will give you fantastic rewards. Put a basket somewhere in your home, and each day ask everyone in your home to write down something they are thankful for. On Thanksgiving Day, take time to read them aloud as you sit around the table. Listen to your children, young and old, and allow them to tell everyone why they are thankful. It will be one of your best Thanksgiving Days ever, and it will surely be one that everyone remembers.
Take a moment to reread Psalms 100. Meditate on its words of love and reassurance and allow it to minister love, peace, and contentment to your heart, mind, and soul. Penny and I pray for a very special and blessed Thanksgiving Day for you and yours.