The Basis of Our Thanksgiving

The Basis of Our Thanksgiving

Psalm 100

1Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands.

2Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing.
3Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
4Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
5For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.

The 100th Psalm was written for the people of Israel.  God said to them, “When you come into the promised land, and settle down in your warm homes, and you have plenty to eat, don’t forget Me.”

But it doesn’t take very long to realize that the people of Israel needed a reminder, and I am afraid that we need it too.

Five Thanksgiving Commands

The first command is in verse 1

“Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth”

Literally, shout from the depth of our hearts

Because of our relationship with Him

Because He solved a problem for us

Because of the blessing we have

The second command is

“Serve the Lord with gladness”

This relates to the church

It doesn’t mean we serve the Pastor

It doesn’t mean we serve church leaders

It means we serve the Lord

It doesn’t mater what others think of you, it’s what you think of God

The third command is

“Come before Him with joyful songs”

It doesn’t matter if you can sing

Have you noticed?

In the first 3 commands, God has said, “I want you to be happy”

The fourth command is

“Know that the Lord is God”

That God has made you and me

And that He is still making us

The fifth command is

“Enter His gates with thanksgiving, and His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him and praise His name”

God is the same today as He was always

In David’s time, He resided in the temple

In our time, we call it a sanctuary

God is always with us

When we’re driving down the highway

When we’re at work

What if God met our needs in the same way we surrender to Him

He doesn’t do that though

He loves us like we love our children

What if God answered pray the same we answer His call?

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