Five Thanksgiving Commands
INTRODUCTION: Tomorrow we will celebrate Thanksgiving. And as we think of Thanksgiving, we would have to agree we are the most blessed people on the planet. We have an abundance in this country unequalled anywhere else in the world. We are a people and a nation that has truly been blessed by God.
Tonight, I am thankful for many things: life, health, family, friends, and the country I live in, despite all its flaws. But even more than that, I'm thankful for my salvation, our church family, and the mercy that God showers upon us each day.
Last Sunday I spoke of the Pilgrims and their journey to America. When we think of the things we have, think of the things they didn't have. No Americans were more underprivileged than that small handful from the Mayflower:
a. They had no homes and no government agency to help them build homes.
b. They had no means of transportation but their legs.
c. Their only food came from the sea and the forest, and they had to get it for themselves.
d. They had no money and no place to spend it if they'd had any.
e. They had no amusements except what they made for themselves, no means of communication with their relatives in England, no social security or Medicare...and yet, they were thankful!
This evening, I want us to reflect for a minute on Psalm 100, a Psalm the Pilgrims often read-a Psalm of Thanksgiving. In this Psalm, there are ''Five Thanksgiving Commands.''
I. ''MAKE A JOYFUL NOISE.''
The first command is in (vs. 1) is, ''Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands.'' It means to ''shout with the force of a trumpet blast,'' a shout of joy to the Lord that comes from the very depths of our hearts.
A. Christians have reason to be joyful
1. We are saved! Psalm 35:9 says, ''And my soul shall be joyful in the Lord: it shall rejoice in his salvation.''
II. ''SERVE THE LORD WITH GLADNESS''
A. We are to serve.
1. Every Ch ...
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