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Thanksgiving to God

Text: Psalm 103

Key Concepts:

  • Celebrating is an essential part of the believer’s life
  • It is the duty of Christians to honor the Lord
  • What is the meaning of our thanksgiving?

 

Those who know their needs can ask for help in times of anguish and distress. However, those who live in a state of unconsciousness cannot do so because they are unaware of their needs nor do they know whom to ask for help. What do we celebrate on thanksgiving? The focus of our thanksgiving is on God’s great deeds on our behalf. Thanksgiving start with the desire to give the credit that is due to His name. We celebrate God’s goodness. Thanksgiving is a duty for the child of God since we are commanded to give thanks (Ps. 100:4). “For His mercy endures forever” (Ps. 136, NKJV). Furthermore, giving thanks to God the Father is one of the inevitable results of being filled with the Holy Spirit. It is an act of sanctification. We have a multitude of reasons to be thankful, collectively, and individually. Indeed, we are blessed spiritually, physically, emotionally, financially, and mentally.

Celebrating is an essential part of the believer’s life

As Christians, we live lives of celebration because we are thankful to God. We “give thanks in all circumstances” (1 Thess. 5:18, NIV). The Bible speaks of the thanksgiving offering. This involves a gift given joyfully to God to acknowledge that we have received our blessings from Him. Our celebration is not about partying as the world does. Rather, the child of God offers thanks through songs of praise, through rejoicing, through prayer, through dancing before God and through contemplation on the favors of God. Our celebration of thanksgiving is about worship to our God. The Bible teaches us that during a feast of thanksgiving, each member of the family had to offer a special gift to the Lord as a gesture of gratitude. These feasts and festivals were celebrated in remembrance of what God had done. It was not only to remind oneself of God’s steadfast love, but also to show onlookers the mercies of a good God. Moreover, the object of our thanksgiving is the love expressed in the redemptive work of Christ. Before we were in Christ, we did not know about worshiping God. We could not know we needed to be saved, or that we owed God our allegiance. In Christ, however, we can praise the Lord for we now know what we were missing and are grateful for all we have gained in God.

It is the duty Christians to honor the Lord

Are our expressions of thanksgiving sufficient for God “who redeems [our] life from destruction…” (Ps. 103, NKJV)? The best gift and thanksgiving we can offer to our God is to remind ourselves of who He is and what He has done for us. This should also cause others who are watching to realize that they too need God. The child of God is blessed as a result of honoring God. The blessings of God reveal His character. The psalter shows us that God is compassionate, just, and gracious. He is our great healer, and provider. We praise God because He “forgives all [our] sins and heals all [our] diseases, … redeems [our] life from the pit and crowns [us] with love and compassion, … satisfies [our] desires with good things so that [our] youth is renewed like the eagle’s” (Ps. 103:3-5, NIV). God, in His mercy, forgives his sinning and underserving children. He restores us and brings us back into His good grace though we trespassed against His holiness. Although we may shamefully run from our brethren when we sin and seek to distance ourselves from God, there is no sin that the blood of Christ cannot forgive. One can receive forgiveness from God only through repentance which requires acknowledgement of one’s sin against God, a penitent heart, and a resolution to turn away from sin. We can follow the example of the prodigal son when he finally repented (Luke 15:11-32). The evidence of God’s mercy is demonstrated in the fullness of His forgiveness. “As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us” (Ps. 103:12, NKJV). We can rejoice because our sins are forever forgiven. We are covered forever by the righteousness of Christ. The Lord pities His children and remembers we are unable to save ourselves (Ps. 103:13-14). Indeed, this assurance of our salvation is the reason we can constantly celebrate.

What is the meaning of our thanksgiving?

Thanksgiving has no meaning in the food on our tables. A full belly will not save anyone, neither can it erase sins. Only fools can happily say “Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die” (Is. 22:13). Instead, turn your life over to Christ and find meaning for your life. The Father will have pity on you, regardless of how far you have strayed. If you fear God, you will enjoy the blessings of His forgiveness. God is not only the great healer of bodies but also of the soul, for if the body is healthy but your soul is dead, the body will eventually follow. When God bestows forgiveness, He also grants renewal with it, so that the corruption of our hearts is the first to heal. Christ did not die on the cross for our physical health. Rather, He died to mend our souls. “He remembers that we are dust” (Ps. 103:14, NKJV), meaning our bodies are fragile and prone to sickness and decay. Evidently, the soul is the important part that needs healing, although God heals us emotionally, physically, mentally, and spiritually. We praise Him for we called to do so no matter our circumstances, for He has done great things for us. However, if you have not accepted the death and resurrection of the Lord, you have no reason to celebrate. For, unless the Lord redeems your soul, you are the most miserable of human beings. Our celebration is not about self-glorification.

In conclusion…

“As for man, his days are like grass; As a flower of the field, so he flourishes” (Ps. 103:15, NKJV). Man’s glory is fleeting. His love is for a moment. God alone can give us eternal satisfaction. He “crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies” (Ps. 103:4, NKJV). Our dignity is also restored in Him. When by the grace and comfort of His Holy Spirit, God recovers His people from decay, He fills them with new purpose and unending joy. He also “executes righteousness and justice for all who are oppressed” (Ps. 103:6). He is the God of righteousness, judgement, and the rescuer of His own people (Ps. 72:12-14). Our God is tender, slow to anger, full of compassion, and always ready to forgive. He is merciful and gracious. He’s revealed Himself to us so that we can get to know Him and thus learn how to better live our lives. “For His mercy endures forever” (Ps. 136, NKJV). We are grateful for life, for health, for the blessings we enjoy together. When the bad days come, lift your head to the Lord. As we celebrate, remember His past mercies. Thank Him for the light in your life and the wisdom He’s granted you. Celebrate the glory of God. Our celebration is a demonstration of faith and of hope. For we know He’s coming, and we are preparing for His return. This feast of thanksgiving is a time that should encourage us to resolve ourselves to praising the Lord. Celebrate God for the gift of godly spiritual leaders. Celebrate Him for your marriages, for your children who are a gift from the Lord. “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits” (Ps. 103:2, NKJV).

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