Did you know that thanksgiving, or one of its synonyms, is one of the more common words or themes in the Bible, appearing over two-hundred times throughout scriptures? While our society and culture emphasize being thankful for who and what we are as a nation once a year, it is apparent from scripture that being thankful or grateful is an attitude that we Christians should exhibit year-round. Listed below are some of these passages as a means of reflecting on what we should be thankful for and developing a more consistent attitude of thankfulness (I'll finish up the rest next week). The passages are in no particular order nor any level of importance, but, simply, are some that I find encouraging and that, hopefully, will encourage you as well. May God be glorified and honored!
Psalm 95:2&3 – Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving…For the LORD is the great God and the great King above all…
100th Psalm – Make a joyful shout to the LORD…serve the LORD with gladness…Know that the
LORD, He is God; it is He Who has made us…We are His people…Enter into His gates with thanksgiving…Be thankful to Him and bless His name. For the LORD is good; His mercy is everlasting, and His truth endures to all generations.
Heb. 12:28 – Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace [show gratitude], by which we serve God acceptably with reverence…
Col. 3:15-17 – And let the peace of God [Christ] rule in your hearts…and be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly…with grace [thankfulness] in your hearts to the Lord. And whatever you do…do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.
2nd Sam. 22:50 – Therefore, I will give thanks to You, O LORD…and sing praises to Your name. Psalm 9:1&2 – I will give thanks to You, O LORD with my whole heart; I will tell of all Your marvelous wonders…I will sing praise to Your name, O Most High.
And one that I believe is appropriate now that our Nation has recently voted in a new President and administration:
1st Tim. 2:1-4: Therefore, I exhort, first of all, that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men…and all who are in authority [prominent positions], that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence [dignity]. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.
On behalf of Chuck, David, and Jack, I wish you all a very happy Thanksgiving Day holiday period and encourage us all to maintain an attitude of thanksgiving throughout the year. We want you to know how much we love and appreciate each, and every, one of you. We are so very, very thankful for this congregation of God's people, whom we are honored to serve!
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