The holiday season is upon us… First Thanksgiving and then Christmas. The ancient Israelites had a tradition… They would offer “thank offerings” on special occasions as remembrances for God’s goodness and grace.
As Sharon and I approach this holiday season, I’ve felt the “nudge” of the Holy Spirit to consider and offer a special (and significant) “thank offering” to the Lord. I will be praying with Sharon about where it should go “in His name” as a remembrance of God’s goodness. It’s been a growing idea in my mind and heart over the past several weeks but came to a head this morning as I read this “Prayer of David” during “Coffee with the Lord” in my Bible.
“Therefore David blessed the LORD in the presence of all the assembly. And David said: ‘Blessed are you, O LORD, the God of Israel our father, forever and ever. Yours, O LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, for all that is in the heavens and in the earth is yours. Yours is the kingdom, O LORD, and you are exalted as head above all. BOTH RICHES AND HONOR COME FROM YOU, AND YOU RULE OVER ALL! In your hand are power and might, and in your hand it is to make great and to give strength to all. And now I thank you, our God, and praise your glorious name. BUT WHO AM I, AND WHAT IS MY PEOPLE, THAT WE SHOULD BE ABLE THUS TO OFFER WILLINGLY? FOR ALL THINGS COME FROM YOU, AND OF YOUR OWN HAVE WE GIVEN YOU! For we are strangers before you and sojourners, as all our fathers were. Our days on the earth are like a shadow, and there is no abiding. O LORD OUR GOD, ALL THIS ABUNDANCE … COMES FROM YOUR HAND AND IS ALL YOUR OWN. I know, my God, that you test the heart and have pleasure in uprightness. IN THE UPRIGHTNESS OF MY HEART I HAVE FREELY OFFERED ALL THESE THINGS, and now I have seen your people, who are present here, OFFERING FREELY AND JOYOUSLY TO YOU. O LORD, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, our fathers, keep forever such purposes and thoughts in the hearts of your people, and direct their hearts toward you!’” (Adapted from 1 Chronicles 29:10–18 ESV)
I would not presume to tell you what you should do this holiday season to offer thanks and praise to God! But you may want to consider a significant “thank offering!” Pray about it… consider it… think about what would be appropriate and to what ministry, group or person you should give it… and then offer it with grateful thanksgiving, praise, and worship as unto Him! “Thanks be to God for His inexpressible gift!” (2 Corinthians 9:15)