As we celebrate thanksgiving I cannot help but stop and think that Thanksgiving has turned into a day where we plan how we are going to shop after we eat dinner before Friday has even arrived. On a day when I think it is intended for us to look at life’s blessings and give thanks, sadly it has turned into a day to see what we can attain. This Thanksgiving, I challenge you to stop and enter the Lord’s Gate with Thanksgiving as the Psalmist wrote in Psalm 100.
Worship the Lord with gladness
“Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.
Worship the Lord with gladness;
come before him with joyful songs.” Psalm 100:1-2
Thanksgiving should be a day where we can stop and come before the Lord with Joyful songs and praise! We need to approach Thanksgiving with joy. This is the state of our heart. Instead of entering thanksgiving stressed about all of the meals to cook, places to go, long to do list, and what our route will be for Black Friday, we approach Thanksgiving with joy and gladness.
I am His
“Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.” Psalm 100:3
More important than anything is not that we give thanks for what we have, but who we have and who we belong to. Many of you have maybe lost loved ones within the last year. This is a time to be thankful for the legacy they have left behind. I do not know what tomorrow holds, but I find peace in knowing that no matter what, I belong to the Lord. He is God, he made me, and I am his. In a world full of unrest, I can rest in that truth. He is my shephard and I am his.
“Praise God from Whom all Blessings Flow”
“Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.” Psalm 100:4
Thanksgiving should be a time to give thanks to the one from whom all blessings flow. It is easy sometimes to think about all that we do not have. How often do we stop and Thank the Lord for all we do have and all the blessings that he has given us.
This year God has richly blessed our lives.
- We are surrounded by loving, supportive, Godly family and friends.
- We have two beautiful healthy, growing boys.
- We were blessed to be able to build a beautiful home in the country where our boys can run and play.
- We are so blessed that I am able to stay at home with our boy’s and homeschool them.
- We are blessed to be ministering at such an alive, spirit-filled, truth proclaiming church.
We are blessed richly by God’s love and grace. We are thankful.
The Lord is good
For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations. Psalm 100:5
All through scripture we see the common thread of when people struggled the most, is when they forgot where their blessings came from. The people of Israel lost their way when they forgot who had brought them to where they were. I find that my heart will wander, my focus will wane, and I will even begin to grumble and complain when I do not have a grateful heart.
When I stop and thank the Lord for all he has blessed me with, and all that He has brought me through I no longer focus on myself and my circumstances, but on goodness of the Lord.
Our God is good all the time. His love endures forever. He is faithful. This faithfulness continues through all generations. We must continue to live a life that is so thankful that our children and know that we serve a God that is good, faithful, and no matter what we will give thanks to God from whom all blessings flow.
Today, on this day of Thanksgiving, I challenge you to start this day of Thanksgiving by stopping and being still before the Lord. Enter his gates with thanksgiving. Thank him for who he is and his goodness. Thank him for the many blessings he has given you. Stop, enjoy the family and friends you get to sit around the table with. Be intentional in your conversations and encourage one another with thanksgiving.