We Give Thanks

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. [11] 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. [12] 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. [13] And now we thank you, our God, and praise your glorious name (1 Chronicles 29:10-13 ESV).

This was a very appropriate time for thanksgiving in the nation of Israel’s history.  The baton of leadership was being passed from David to his son Solomon.  As the sun set on the era of David’s reign and national expansion, the dawn of a golden age under Solomon was on the horizon.  David’s prayer is nothing short of magnificent.  It has the fragrant aromas of rich God-oriented theology and heartfelt God-directed praise; just beautiful.  It is a prayer that can be offered around every thanksgiving table.  David’s marvelous prayer includes four prominent God-centered areas of thanksgiving in this prayer:

  1. The greatness of God, “Yours, O LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty
  2. The riches of God, “for all that is in the heavens and in the earth is yours
  3. The sovereignty of God, “yours is the kingdom, O LORD, and you are exalted as head above all;” “you rule over all
  4. The provision of God, “Both riches and honor come from you

Christian, consider David’s prayer and its reality in our lives today.  God is still great, rich, sovereign, and provider.  Because of President Abraham Lincoln’s proclamation in 1863, we celebrate an annual day of Thanksgiving.  Unfortunately Thanksgiving has degenerated into a day when we enjoy the bounty without praising the Benefactor.  It has also been reduced to the eve of a day that extols materialism.  Make this Thanksgiving a day filled with gratitude.  Take some time to bless our Divine Benefactor for His provision of food, family, and leisure that so many of us enjoy on Thanksgiving.  These are all gifts from the hands of a kind and benevolent God.

The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man, [25] nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything (Acts 17:24-25).

This past Sunday, the children of our church sang “Let All Things Now Living.”  It was glorious to hear their young voices sing these truths:

Let all things now living a song of thanksgiving
To God the creator triumphantly raise.
Who fashioned and made us, protected and stayed us,
Who still guides us on to the end of our days.
God’s banners are o’er us, His light goes before us,
A pillar of fire shining forth in the night.
Till shadows have vanished and darkness is banished
As forward we travel from light into light.

His law he enforces, the stars in their courses
And sun in its orbit obediently shine;
The hills and the mountains, the rivers and fountains,
The deeps of the ocean proclaim him divine.
We too should be voicing our love and rejoicing;
With glad adoration a Song let us raise
Till all things now living unite in thanksgiving:
“To God in the highest, Hosanna and praise!”

May your thanksgiving be blessed and filled with gratitude to God for all of His good gifts to us.

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