A psalm. For giving grateful praise.
“Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.
Worship the Lord with gladness;
come before him with joyful songs
Know that the Lord is God.
It is he who made us, and we are his;
we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving
and his courts with praise;
give thanks to him and praise his name
For the Lord is good and his love endures forever;
his faithfulness continues through all generations.”
As we believers approach Thanksgiving, we should recognize that we, more so than anyone else, have so much for which to be thankful. As the Psalmist above says, “It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.” If you are in Christ, then you belong to God. You are his son or daughter. You are co-heirs with Christ. Meditate on these truths for a moment. Then, rejoice. Shout for joy to the Lord. Worship the Lord with gladness and come before him with joy in your heart. Your name is written in Heaven. You belong to God and you can never be separated from him. As one of his sheep, he promises to carry you close to his heart. Isaiah 40:11 states, “He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young.”
The Lord Jesus is so good and his faithfulness endures forever. He will be faithful to fulfill all of His promises towards you and me. Therefore, we should enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise. We should give thanks to him and praise his name. For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations. Right now, consider all the things for which your are thankful. Meditate on them. Reflect on them. Before you eat your Thanksgiving meal, why not go around the table and talk about these things and praise God for them.
I’m praying that you experience joy on this coming Thanksgiving Day and remember the Lord and his enduing goodness. One day, we shall gather by the river that flows by the throne of God and enjoy Thanksgiving forever.