by Jerry Vines

Thankful Forever
Jerry Vines
Psalm 103

Thanksgiving is a special day in America. You know the story of the Pilgrims. There is some debate, but in 1621 they gathered together for what is generally considered to be the first time that a Thanksgiving was observed.

Abraham Lincoln, in 1863, declared Thanksgiving a national holiday. Every year in America as a nation we take a day of thanksgiving. We gather together with family and with friends and we have food and we celebrate this day of Thanksgiving. It is a day.

According to the Scriptures, Thanksgiving is also a duty. The Bible commands us to give thanksgiving unto the Lord. For instance, Psalm 100, verse 4, says, ''Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise; be thankful unto him, and bless his name.''

Psalm 105, verse 1, says, ''O give thanks unto the Lord; call upon his name; make known his deeds among the peoples.''

All over the Bible you will find this command to give thanks unto the Lord. It's in the Old Testament and the New Testament. It is a duty to give thanksgiving unto the Lord.

First Thessalonians 5, verse 18, says, ''In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.''

In Ephesians, chapter 5, it gets a little stronger. It says in verse 20, ''Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.'' Give thanks ''in'' all things and give thanks ''for'' all things.

That gives you a little problem. We can understand how to give thanks ''in'' all things, but the verse also says, ''Give thanks for all things.'' How do you thank God for all things? How do you thank God for the bad things that happen?

Matthew Henry wrote one of the great Bible commentaries. Matthew Henry was taken by a thief and robbed on an occasion. After he was robbed Matthew Henry said, ''I thank Thee, Lord, first because it is the first time I have ever been robbed. Second, I thank Thee because he took m ...

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