Giving Thanks? Living Thanks?

This month we get to celebrate a holiday which is often overlooked: Thanksgiving. It is overshadowed by shopping deals too good to pass up. It is watered down as thanks given (if even remembered) to much smaller gods. May it not be so with me.

Each and every day, the Lord blesses me and I know that I don’t recognize each and every blessing. Even if I did, to try and keep track of them all so I can remember them for the one Thanksgiving Day of the year would be ridiculous! I can tell you that the day wouldn’t be long enough!

When the ark returned to Jerusalem, King David gave a song of thanksgiving. In it he fervently declares the Lord’s renown and encourages “all the earth” to praise the Lord.

“Give thanks to the Lord and proclaim his greatness.
Let the whole world know what he has done…

Let the whole earth sing to the Lord!
Each day proclaim the good news that he saves.

Publish his glorious deeds among the nations.
Tell everyone about the amazing things he does.

Great is the Lord! He is most worthy of praise!…

Praise the Lord, the God of Israel,
who lives from everlasting to everlasting!

And all the people shouted “Amen!” and praised the Lord.”

1 Chronicles 16:8, 23-25a, 36 NLT [emphasis mine]

David desires that thankfulness to God is evident in our lives. It should be apparent, as we love Him with all our heart, mind, soul, and strength. It should be unmistakable in our existence.

We have every reason to live a life of thankfulness to God. To be a living sacrifice is our only reasonable service of worship to a God who is worthy of all praise.

So instead of just giving thanks, live it. Happy Thanksliving!

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