by Daniel Rodgers

A Thanksgiving Psalm
Dan Rodgers
Psalm 100:1-5

INTRODUCTION: Tomorrow we will celebrate Thanksgiving. As we think of Thanksgiving, we would have to agree we are the most blessed people on earth. We have an abundance in this country unequalled anywhere else in the world. We are a people and a nation truly blessed of God.

When we think of the early Pilgrims, we immediately think of hardship and doing without. When I think of all I have, I think of what they didn't have. No Americans were more underprivileged than that small handful from the Mayflower. They had no homes and no government agency to help them build homes. They had no means of transportation but their legs. Their only food came from the sea and the forest...and they had to get it for themselves. They had no money and no place to spend it if they'd had any. They had no amusements except what they made for themselves, no means of communication with their relatives in England, no social security or Medicare.

But let's not consider them underprivileged, for they had many great human assets Americans lack today. They had initiative, courage, a willingness to work, and a strong faith in God.

Our Declaration of Independence says, ''We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights . . .'' And it ends with these words, '' . . .with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.''

Thanksgiving Day is a distinctive holiday. It doesn't commemorate a battle or anyone's birthday or anniversary. It is simply a day set aside to express our thanks to our nation's God.

ILLUS: In 1789, George Washington made this public proclamation. (I will read only a little part of it, but I want you to see the strong and absolute acknowledgment of the fact of God, and of our nation's dependence upon Him.)

By the President of the ...

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