Ray Stedman tells of an experience H.A. Ironside had in a crowded restaurant. Just as Ironside was about to begin his meal, a man approached and asked if he could join him. Ironside invited his to have a seat.
Then, as was his custom, Ironside bowed his head in prayer. When he opened his eyes, the other man asked, "Do you have a headache?" Ironside replied, "No, I don't." The other man asked, "Well, is there something wrong with your food?" Ironside replied, "No, I was simply thanking God as I always do before I eat." The man said, "Oh, you're one of those, are you? Well, I want you to know I never give thanks. I earn my money by the sweat of my brow and I don't have to give thanks to anybody when I eat. I just start right in!" Ironside said, "Yes, you're just like my dog. That's what he does too.
Negro Mamie's Prayer, 'Much obliged, Lord, for my vittles.' 'Anna,' I asked, 'what's a vittle?' 'It's what I've got to eat and drink, that's vittles. 'But you'd get your vittles whether you thanked the Lord or not.' 'Sure, but it makes everything taste better to be thankful.'"
When we make our lists of blessings we can come up with many things, experiences, and people we are grateful for. But certainly the greatest blessing to give thanks for this Thanksgiving Day is the gift of His grace.
Some think of Thanksgiving as a time for eating. Gobble 'till you wobble" and "slurp 'till you burp." Expressing appreciation is much more than any of this. It is more than just a day for food, football, fellowship and family.
It's not just a holiday every fourth Thursday in November. For God's people everyday ought to be Thanksgiving Day!
Psalm 100 is an OT song of Thanksgiving. It is subtitled "A Psalm of Thanksgiving. It is an invitation, an invocation for people who recognize the Lord and His goodness to publicly acknowledge Him.
Not only does it call upon us to praise the Lord with thankfulness but it also describes to us the nature of true thanksgiving.
Let's examine four qualities of true thanksgiving.
I. PUBLIC APPRECIATION EXPRESSED TO THE LORD (VV.1-2)
In the Hebrew way of look at expressing appreciation to the Lord it was never enough to thank God quietly or privately. In the mindset of Psalm 100, it must be public. Public appreciation cannot be kept quiet. Let's take time and break these verses down and allow them to speak to us.
"WE ARE TO "MAKE A JOYFUL SHOUT TO THE LORD."
(1) Should Be Vocal
The word make is to cause to happen and it is a command to bring into existence, to appear.
The literal rendering of the phrase is "to shout in triumph" or "to applaud. As a celebrity or president is cheered at his appearing, so we should cheer for our God. As a college football fan, I have seen the excitement build as the fans await the team to take the field. When the players appear, the fans shout and cheer as one.
It means to "shout with the force of a ...
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