Well it’s early November and Thanksgiving Day is just around the corner in the United States! I’m grateful for a “day” publicly identified as “Thanksgiving Day,” but I really think EVERY DAY ought to be a “THANKSGIVING DAY” for a Christian, don’t you?
This morning during my time of “coffee with the Lord” I read a passage focused on thanksgiving and praise that I intend to “camp out” on for a while this month! It is King David’s song of thanksgiving and praise when the “Ark of the Covenant,” the symbolic “throne” of God’s presence among God’s people was brought back to Jerusalem. David’s song, in my opinion, provides a pattern (even the words) for a wonderful song of thanksgiving and praise for us when we do the right thing and devote ourselves to the Lord with all our heart!
I’m going to use it words to help form my thanksgiving a praise throughout the entire month of November and thus, not only celebrate a “Thanksgiving Day” on November 24, but a thanksgiving month! David’s song is found in 1 Chronicles 16:8-36 (and portions of it are also found in Psalm 105:1-15; Psalm 96; and Psalm 106). Here is the part of it that captured my attention this morning and provoked my thanksgiving and praise today…
“Give praise to the LORD, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done. Sing to him, sing praise to him; tell of all his wonderful acts. Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice. Look to the LORD and his strength; seek his face always. Remember the wonders he has done, his miracles, and the judgments he pronounced…
“Sing to the LORD, all the earth; proclaim his salvation day after day. Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples. For great is the LORD and most worthy of praise; he is to be feared above all gods. For all the gods of the nations are idols, but the LORD made the heavens. Splendor and majesty are before him; strength and joy are in his dwelling place.
“Ascribe to the LORD, all you families of nations, ascribe to the LORD glory and strength. Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name; bring an offering and come before him. Worship the LORD in the splendor of his holiness… Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad; let them say among the nations, “The LORD reigns!” Let the sea resound, and all that is in it; let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them! Let the trees of the forest sing, let them sing for joy before the LORD, for he comes to judge the earth. Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his steadfast love endures forever.
“Cry out, ‘Save us, God our Savior; gather us and deliver us… that we may give thanks to your holy name, and glory in your praise!’ Praise be to the LORD, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting!
“Then all the people said ‘Amen!’ and ‘Praise the LORD!’”
(From 1 Chronicles 16:8–36 NIV)