Thanksgiving

Enter His gates with thanksgiving And His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him, bless His name. Psalm 100:4

RELEVANT SCRIPTURE

1 Chronicles 29:13
“Now therefore, our God, we thank You, and praise Your glorious name.

Psalm 95:2
Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving, Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms.

Psalm 96:2
Sing to the LORD, bless His name; Proclaim good tidings of His salvation from day to day.

2 Cor 2:14
But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and manifests through us the sweet aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place.

SELECT COMMENTARY

Matthew Henry 100:1-5
An exhortation to praise God, and rejoice in him. – This song of praise should be considered as a prophecy, and even used as a prayer, for the coming of that time when all people shall know that the Lord he is God, and shall become his worshippers, and the sheep of his pasture. Great encouragement is given us, in worshipping God, to do it cheerfully. If, when we strayed like wandering sheep, he has brought us again to his fold, we have indeed abundant cause to bless his name. The matter of praise, and the motives to it, are very important. Know ye what God is in himself, and what he is to you. Know it; consider and apply it, then you will be more close and constant, more inward and serious, in his worship. The covenant of grace set down in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testament, with so many rich promises, to strengthen the faith of every weak believer, makes the matter of God’s praise and of his people’s joys so sure, that how sad soever our spirits may be when we look to ourselves, yet we shall have reason to praise the Lord when we look to his goodness and mercy, and to what he has said in his word for our comfort.

MY PONDERING

What a wonderful word and holiday we celebrate in Thanksgiving. Upon reflecting upon its original proclamation in these United States, first by Washington and then by Lincoln, upon the country enduring much hardship, they both found a spirit of thankfulness to God almighty.

How might this be true in our own individual lives?

Do we not have our own internal and external conflicts?

For Jesus said we must take up our own cross if we are to be His disciple.

Yes, life is hard but God is good. Better is He. Let’s not forget traveller, this is not our forever home but a mere generational stop in the realm of eternity.

Let us remember and ponder that we were created in the image of God, Genesis 1:27 “God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.”

But then the great rift in our relationship with our Maker occured when our original parents willful disobeyed and ushered sin into the world.

Thankfully, our mutual story and hope doesn’t end there️. The 2nd and better Adam, Jesus Himself, has given each of us a mighty reason to be thankful back then and now. God, though clearly upset, provided for the original Adam and Eve of their original sin, as He has done of us…this very day.

It’s so easy and natural to drift away from God; so easy to focus on our marred selfishness; so easy to focus on our problems. With that honest truth for me and I suspect you too, are not our blessings much fuller and plentiful than our sorrows?

Just being born in this great country has enabled us to be the most prosperous people in all of history in a physical state.

I am thankful for this family, fellowship and food. I am thankful the food is plentiful. Thankful for those who worked to prepare and for the means to purchase it and all who contributed. I am thankful for my home. My children. My wife. For my life. And most thankful for my God, Who makes all things possible.

If you do not have a relationship with our Maker, i would be regretful if I did not urge to seek Him while it’s still light.

God has given us much… Let us give thanks. Let us find ways to give. That is what Thanksgiving is about afterall.

MY PRAYER

LORD of the harvest, thank You first and foremost for all You have done, do this day and shall do forevermore.

Pondering Proverbs 21:1 – The King’s heart

Pondering Proverbs 21:1
“The king’s heart is a stream of water in the hand of the Lord;
he turns it wherever he will.”

My take: Here it is clear that God may choose to exercise control of a leader’s, or anyone’s, heart (will or motivation). Somethings, many, are beyond our comprehension as the good book states, ‘His ways are higher than ours’. Yet God being God choses when and where, all the while gives us micro access to exercise our own free will as Moses wrote in Genesis we were ‘created in His image’. Thus we have a finite ability to plan, create, imagine, build and so forth; all within His prerogative. Many of new age gurus neglect some of the bedrock attributes and principles laid down by the Creator. God is a person with feelings not some cosmic vending machine. So yes, the rain falls on both the just and unjust. We should not ignore that God cares, reigns and deserves respect.

Key words: heart, He turns, He wills

My prayer: Thank You for sharing and caring creation and a piece of You in us. May I feel your strong presence in my breath, vision and heart.