Thanksgiving, the actually holiday is tomorrow, hooray! It’s a day when families of all generations come together and spend time over a table filled with delectables and give thanks for the blessings of the year. Personally, Thanksgiving is everyday because I am in constant gratitude for the many blessing God has given me. Often times, I would catch myself murmuring and complaining but the Holy Spirit quickens me and reminds me that in all things I am to give thanks to God because this is the will of God for my life. [1Thess 5:18] I have to quickly pull on my reigns and ask God for forgive me and then I begin to give thanks because there are others that would love to trade places. I am thankful because I have absolute assurance in Christ and that his promises for my life are yea and amen, if I continue to abide in him. [II Corinthians 1:20; John 15:7] I am thankful that God called me and chose me before the foundations of the world were ever created. [Ephesians 1:4] I am thankful to be born again into God’s likeness.
I believe that gratitude unlocks the fullness of life and turns what we have into enough. It turns a small meal into a feast, a house into a home and a stranger into a friend. Faith in God’s sovereignty and goodness transports the us into a realm where giving thanks in everything is as normal as breathing. This doesn’t mean that everything we encounter is good, but rather that God’s goodness and power will work it out for his purpose and our benefit. That in itself makes me thankful.
Times are harder than they once were, people are out of work and desperately need assistance to meet basic needs. Others are stricken will sickness and disease and desire healing and strength. I am thankful that I do not have to bear any of these circumstances and my heart goes out to those that do. I recently read an article posted on USAToday.com entitled, Giving thanks helps your psychological outlook. We all know that gratitude is a positive emotion, in this article they pointed out studies that show that giving thanks makes you happier and allows you a positive attitude towards life. It stated that giving thanks is like an emotional reset button.
University of Miami psychology professor Michael McCullough, who has studied people who are asked to be regularly thankful, said: “When you are stopping and counting your blessings, you are sort of hijacking your emotional system.” That article suggests that we keep gratitude journals and jot down things that we are thankful for each night before resting for sleep. Its therapy tool, because it allows one to concentrate on the good things which reminds me of what Philippians 4:8 says, “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” It’s no getting around the Word of God…every thing in creation will trace back to what God has said or inspired others to say in the Good Book!
This article had me thinking about the book of Psalms “the book of praises”.
The word psalms is derived from the Greek Ψαλμοί (Psalmoi), perhaps originally meaning “music of the lyre” or “songs sung to a harp” and then to any piece of music. From psallein “play upon a stringed instrument” and then to “make music in any fashion”. 1
When we give thanks and praises to God its like music to his ears. Psalms is full of scriptures on praise and thanksgiving offered up to God. Here are some scriptures in the Bible in reference to giving thanks, thankfulness and thanksgiving:
Offer to God the sacrifice of thanksgiving, and pay your vows to the Most High.Psalm 50:14
Giving thanks to the Father, Who has qualified and made us fit to share the portion which is the inheritance of the saints (God’s holy people) in the Light Colossians 1: 12
O give thanks to the Lord, call on His name; make known His doings among the peoples!1 Chronicles 16: 8
Thank [God] in everything [no matter what the circumstances may be, be thankful and give thanks], for this is the will of God for you [who are] in Christ Jesus [the Revealer and Mediator of that will].1 Thessalonians 5: 18
And in that day you will say, Give thanks to the Lord, call upon His name and by means of His name [in solemn entreaty]; declare and make known His deeds among the peoples of the earth, proclaim that His name is exalted! Isaiah 12: 4
Bless, give thanks, and gratefully praise God in full congregations, even the Lord, O you who are from [Jacob] the fountain of Israel. Psalm 68: 26
Let there be no filthiness (obscenity, indecency) nor foolish and sinful (silly and corrupt) talk, nor coarse jesting, which are not fitting or becoming; but instead voice your thankfulness [to God]. Ephesians 5: 4
For all [these] things are [taking place] for your sake, so that the more grace (divine favor and spiritual blessing) extends to more and more people and multiplies through the many, the more thanksgiving may increase [and redound] to the glory of God.2 Corinthians 4: 15
Thus you will be enriched in all things and in every way, so that you can be generous, and [your generosity as it is] administered by us will bring forth thanksgiving to God.2 Corinthians 9: 11
I will give to the Lord the thanks due to His rightness and justice, and I will sing praise to the name of the Lord Most High. Psalm 7: 17
I give thanks to Him Who has granted me [the needed] strength and made me able [for this], Christ Jesus our Lord, because He has judged and counted me faithful and trustworthy, appointing me to [this stewardship of] the ministry. 1 Timothy 1: 12
At all times and for everything giving thanks in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God the Father. Ephesians 5: 20
Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition (definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God. Philippians 4: 6
I can literally go on and on! Don’t let the Holiday just be the only time when you show thankfulness to God… Let your songs, dance, speech and actions reflect the thankfulness that’s in your heart today and forever. God has done and will continue to do great and amazing things for us and for those who believe!
We serve a mighty God that is worthy of our praise!
My thanksgiving is in my heart, daily!