The Soul Music of Thanksgiving
Ernest L. Easley
On this Sunday night before Thanksgiving Day... take your Bible and turn to the book of Thanksgiving and Praise. And of course... that would be the book of Psalms!
Once there... head straight to the 103rd Psalm. Now as you're finding Psalm 103... let me tell you that the Hebrew word translated ''Psalms'' comes from the Hebrew word ''Hallelujah'' which means ''praise the Lord.''
So... when somebody says, ''Hallelujah''.. what are they saying? They are saying, ''Praise the Lord!'' And by the way... this word ''hallelujah'' cuts across the language barrier. It translates the same in every language!
Well... that's what the book of Psalms is all about: Praising the Lord Jesus Christ! Do you know what that means to us? It means that if we are going to learn how to worship God in Spirit and in Truth... that we've got to invest some time in the book of Worship and Praise: the book of Psalms.
Think of the book of Psalms as God's introduction to Worship: 101! And most of us need to enroll! I don't believe there is a better time of the year to enroll than during the Thanksgiving Season.
I can hear some negative naysayer tonight saying, ''Now Pastor, I know it's Thanksgiving week and all... but I don't have any reason to give thanks. My life is a disaster waiting to happen.''
Well... I want to say to you tonight that if you don't have much to be thankful for... why not be thankful for some things you don't have?
I mean... if you cannot muster up any thanks for what you do have... muster up some thanks for what you don't have.
There is always something to be thankful for. You say, ''Thankful? I cannot even pay my bills.'' All right then... you can be thankful that you are not one of your creditors! You see... there is always something to be thankful for! Amen?
In our time together tonight... from Psalm 103... we read about The Soul Music of Thanksgiving! Psalm 103 is a psalm of praise ...
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