How to Celebrate Thanksgiving by Stan Coffey

How to Celebrate Thanksgiving
Stan Coffey
Psalms 100:1-5


OUTLINE:

I. WE ARE THANKFUL WHEN WE ENTER HIS PRESENCE
II. WE ARE THANKFUL WHEN WE EXALT HIS PERSON
III. WE ARE THANKFUL WHEN WE EXPRESS HIS PRAISES

On Thanksgiving Day we carry out a tradition as old as America. In 1621 after a terrible year in which half their number died of starvation or disease, the Pilgrims set aside three days in December to praise the Lord for a bountiful harvest of corn. Many years later in 1789, President George Washington proclaimed November 26 as a national day of Thanksgiving unto the Lord. This was in response to God's granting America independence from Britain. In 1863 Abraham Lincoln revived this tradition of giving thanks to the Lord, and finally in 1941, the United States Congress decreed that the fourth Thursday in November was to be a national day of Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is one of my favorite times of the year. I love the big thanksgiving dinner. I love gathering with all the family. I love eating so much that you fall asleep watching the football game.

I love a time when we can stop and give thanks, for truly God has been good to my family and me. But we should never be guilty of only thanking the Lord on Thanksgiving Day! Everyday is Thanksgiving Day for the believer.

I Thessalonians 5:18 says ''In every thing give thanks for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.'' We may not can give thanks for everything but we can give thanks in everything. In our text the Psalmist looks forward to the time of the Millennial Reign of Christ on the earth.

At this time the ''knowledge of the Lord shall cover the earth as waters cover the sea.'' At this time God's praises will fill the earth and the lion shall lay down with the lamb. While these things are in the future, there is an application in this Psalm for Thanksgiving Day. At the top of this psalm we read, ''A psalm for thanksgiving.'' What caused the Psalmist to be thankful? Why was he wo ...


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