Psalm 100 – “Shout joyfully to the Lord, all the earth. Serve the Lord with gladness; come before Him with joyful singing. 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 His gates with thanksgiving and 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 an expression of praise and thankfulness! When it comes to the Lord, a quiet thank you does not seem sufficient. Shout to the Lord. There have been times when I just had to lift my voice to a loud level and shout to the Lord. Not shout at the Lord, but to the Lord. It was not because He was hard of hearing, but simply because He is worthy to receive my praise and thanks with all my strength.
Part of being filled with the Holy Spirit is being filled to overflowing with praise, thanksgiving, and gratitude for all our great God and King has done for us. Truly, there is no one like our God! Consider how our God humbled Himself and became as one of us. God, who is Spirit, took on our form in the person of the Lord Jesus Christ. The God of all creation allowed His created man to crucify His flesh on the “Old Rugged Cross,” the cross stained with the blood of our Creator and now our Redeemer. What utter shame, complete rejection, and absolute cruelty He endured. Love beyond imagination, love so sublime was poured out all for you and me.
It is difficult to comprehend this kind of love! It is a love for individuals, a love for communities of people, and a love for the nations. The entire world has known His love. God’s love spread from Israel to Asia Minor and Europe and then across the Atlantic Ocean to what became America the Beautiful. The Gospel spread from Europe and America to the nations of the world. The message of God’s salvation is so rich and so free. The Gospel continues to impact the nations as Asia is filled with men and women born into the kingdom of God. The Gospel is not static. It is a dynamic force in the earth bringing transformation to those who will believe what Christ has accomplished in His death, burial, and resurrection.
Like the Sun that moves across the sky from east to west, the Gospel is moving back to Jerusalem. Its power will transform Arab nations to trust in Christ. Eventually, a great company of Jewish people will come to know the Messiah who died for them, as the nations are harvested for Christ. Rejoice O Saints of God! We are victorious in the end!
As Americans celebrate the National Day of Thanksgiving, let us remember what God has done for all mankind. Here are a few Scriptures to encourage us as we express personal gratitude to the Creator and Redeemer of our souls.
“Now He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness; you will be enriched in everything for all liberality, which through us is producing thanksgiving to God” (2 Corinthians 9:10-11).
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God” (Philippians 4:6). “Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving” (Colossians 4:2). “Amen, blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honor, and power, and might, be to our God forever and ever. Amen” (Revelation 7:12).