Here in the United States the fourth Thursday in November is set aside as a day to give thanks. We know that, yet I’d like to propose we look beyond our traditional day of thanks, and consider what the Bible says about thanksgiving and giving thanks. Maybe doing so will give us a different perspective; one that suggests our thanks should go beyond one day a year.
During the reign of King David the sacred Ark of the Covenant was captured by the Philistines. When it was returned to the Tabernacle, David wrote a song of thanksgiving to the LORD.
On that day David gave to Asaph and his fellow Levites this song of thanksgiving to the Lord: Give thanks to the Lord and proclaim his greatness. Let the whole world know what he has done. Sing to him; yes, sing his praises. Tell everyone about his wonderful deeds. Exult in his holy name; rejoice, you who worship the Lord. 1 Chronicles 16:7-10 (NLT)
Many of David’s psalms expressed his gratitude to God for who God was and what he had done.
Oh, how grateful and thankful I am to the Lord because he is so good. I will sing praise to the name of the Lord who is above all lords. Psalm 7:17 (TLB)
In the New Testament the Apostle Paul eloquently expressed how grateful we should be for the victory we have through Jesus’ victory over death.
So when this takes place, and the mortal has been changed into the immortal, then the scripture will come true: “Death is destroyed; victory is complete!”
“Where, Death, is your victory? Where, Death, is your power to hurt?”
Death gets its power to hurt from sin, and sin gets its power from the Law. But thanks be to God who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ! 1 Corinthians 15:54-57 (GNT)
Finally, Paul again tells us to be thankful … all the time. Good times and bad. In times of plenty and times of want. In days of health and days of disease.
Whatever happens, keep thanking God because of Jesus Christ. This is what God wants you to do. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 (CEV)
Throughout the Bible we read of times of praise and thanksgiving. It was a continual occurrence. Not something confined to the fourth Thursday in the month of November.
I believe the same should hold true for us. Each and everyday is a day for thanksgiving to the One who created us. The Giver of every good and perfect gift. The One who deserves our praise and our thanks for what he has done, is doing, and will do in our lives.
What are your thoughts on the subject?
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I wish you well.