O Give Thanks! by Rex Yancey

O Give Thanks!
Rex Yancey
Psalm 118

The day before Thanksgiving an elderly man in Phoenix called his son in New York and said to him, I hate to ruin your day, but I have to tell you that your mother and I are divorcing; 45 years of misery is enough. We are sick of each other and so call your sister in Chicago and tell her.

Frantically the son called his sister who exploded on the phone, like heck they are getting divorced, she shouted. I'll take care of this. She called Phoenix and said to her father, you are not getting a divorce. Don't do a single thing until we get there, do you hear me. The father hung up the phone and turned to his wife and said, Okay, honey, the kids are coming for Thanksgiving and paying for their flights!

We are not by nature thankful people. Children have to be taught to be grateful. We have to teach our children to say thank you, write thank you notes, etc.

Paul talked about unbelievers in Romans 1. In verse 21 he said, "Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened..."

Thanksgiving separates the believer from the world. It makes us different.

Matthew 26:30 says, "And when they had sung a hymn, they went out onto the mount of Olives..."

I had never run across this truth before until I was studying for this sermon. We must keep in mind that the psalms were the Jewish hymnbook. J. Vernon McGee said "Psalm 118 is the hymn Jesus and his disciples sang on that fatal night." The Lord's Supper was represented by the Passover feast in the O.T. The lamb was not served in this supper because the Lamb was serving the supper.

"O give thanks..." O is an exclamation. There is a note of exuberance here. The Lord is good and His mercy does exist forever.

I want to use verse 14 for our outline this morning. "The Lord is my strength and song and salvation..."

Why should we give thanks this mo ...


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