The Two Words in Thanksgiving
1 Chronicles 29:10-22
INTRODUCTION: The climax of David's reign has now been reached. All the preparations for building the temple have been completed, and Solomon, David's son, is about to be proclaimed as king over all Israel. At this point, David turns to God in prayer and thanksgiving.
This passage is a record of David's prayer of praise and thanksgiving to God for the material blessings He had provided in order to build the temple. King David had brought the people together to challenge them to give toward the building of the temple...and give they did. It says in 1 Chron. 29:9, ''Then the people rejoiced, for that they offered willingly, because with perfect heart they offered willingly to the Lord: and David the king also rejoiced with great joy.''
As we think of Thanksgiving this coming Thursday, I would like to turn our attention from the traditional story of the Pilgrims who came to America, to the pilgrims who sojourned to the Promised Land. In truth, these stories parallel each other. The Jews, by faith, followed the leading of God to a place they had never seen. The early Pilgrims did the same thing. Each group believed they were under divine guidance and leadership. They believed that somehow God would care for them as they made their journey; and He did. When the early Pilgrims sat down with the Indians to enjoy the feast God had provided, they offered a prayer of thanksgiving. They realized, like David, that all things came from God. They understood with James, that ''Every good gift and every perfect gift was from above.''
As I thought about the word ''Thanksgiving,'' I paid special attention to the two combined words that make up the word, ''Thanksgiving'': The word ''Thanks'' and the word ''Giving.'' In his prayer, David said, ''We thank thee.'' Then he said, ''But who am I, and what is my people, that we should be able to offer so willingly?''
Now, we understand that thanksgiving is simp ...
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