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The Sacrifices of Thanksgiving (14 of 16)
Series: The Great Adventure - Living The Spirit-Filled Life
Psalms 107:1-2, 22
How can we show the Lord that we're truly thankful to Him? How can we demonstrate our gratitude to God in a real tangible way, in such a way that we know that the Lord sees and smiles upon us, because God knows that we truly have a grateful heart? That's the question. The answer is we can show we're truly grateful by sacrifices of thanksgiving. Psalms 107 is a great Psalm; it would be a wonderful Psalm for you to read at the table before you have the Thanksgiving meal, because it is a Psalm of thanksgiving, and it's just filled with the goodness and the mercy of the Lord. It begins with a theme that continues throughout the Psalm: ''O, give thanks unto the Lord, for He is good: for His mercy endureth forever. Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom He hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy.'' (Psalms 107:1-2) How can we thank the Lord? How can we show our gratitude to the One who has done so much for us? ''Let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving, and declare His works with rejoicing.'' (Psalms 107:22) This is the way we can be thankful to God: we can offer to Him the sacrifices of thanksgiving.
There is a truth in the Old Testament, and it carries all the way through to the New Testament, and that is there is a relationship between our relationship to God and our sacrifices that we make to God. There is a correlation with our spiritual growth and the sacrifices we make to God. There is a correlation between a grateful heart and the sacrifices of thanksgiving. Remember the Psalmist said, ''Let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving, and declare His works with rejoicing.''
(Read 1 Peter 2:3-5)
I want to share with you several ways that we can show our gratitude to God by offering sacrifices of thanksgiving to God. Many of you know that verse by heart. We can show our gratitude to God BY THE SACRIFICE ...
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