What To Do This Thanksgiving (Psalm 136) – PART 2
Psalm 136:1, “O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.”
3. Praise Him for His Goodness and for Who He Is.
I Chronicles 16:8, “Give thanks unto the LORD, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the people.” Be thankful for the countless blessings that God has undeservedly bestowed on us. God has mercifully given us far more than we deserve, and for that we ought to praise His name continually. This takes us back to where we started. God has lavished His goodness on us. We honor Him when we pause to thank Him for it. Psalm 68:19, “Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation. Selah.” As Christians, we know the command, I Thessalonians 5:18, “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” But sometimes we don’t practice it like we know we should. The holiday of Thanksgiving is an awesome time of year to purposefully practice giving thanks. Hebrews 13:15, “By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.” Verbally thank Him in prayer. Our verbal expressions of gratitude are a sacrifice of praise to Him. Sometimes we feel grateful without actually giving thanks. Hebrews tells us that our praise to God is a sacrifice He loves. Pause this Thanksgiving to meditate on who God is and to give Him thanks for His unchanging attributes.
4. Be Thankful that God Loves You.
I John 3:1, “Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God…” John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” God has expressed and demonstrated His boundless love by sending His Son, Jesus, to earth so that we could have a personal relationship with Him.
5. Be Thankful That Jesus Died for You.
I John 4:10, “Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.” Romans 5:8, “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Jesus died on the cross to pay for the sin of every person who has ever lived. He died on the cross for you and for me.
6. Be Thankful That Salvation Is Offered to You.
Colossians 1:14, “In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins…” Salvation means that my sins are forgiven and that I am redeemed from the debt of sin I owed. John 1:12, “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.” Be thankful for your salvation in Jesus Christ. If all the world as we know it ceased this very moment, and all you had was Jesus, that would be enough. Salvation means that I have a relationship with God. I am no longer His enemy; I am His child. Romans 10:9–10, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” To receive the offer of salvation, I am told by the Bible to sincerely believe and simply receive that Jesus is God’s Son, and that He alone can save me. I cannot save myself.
Psalm 103:2, “Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits.” The benefits of the Lord are, indeed, great and marvelous, and it would be an act of ingratitude not to remember and appreciate them. So how, can we make this a day when we actually give thanks? Here are 7 promises:
7. Be Thankful that Heaven is Waiting for You.
John 14:1–4, “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.” Jesus went on to say, “I am the way, the truth, and the life no man cometh unto the Father but by me.” You can know right now that you are saved—that you are born again. You can know that your sins are forgiven and that you have peace with God the Father. You can know that you are a child of God and that you have an eternal home in Heaven. But, the only way to know you are saved is to know Jesus as your Saviour. Now, that is something to be thankful for!
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