Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever. (1 Chronicles 16:34)
Shout for joy to the Lord,
all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.
Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his;
we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with
praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is
good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through
all generations. (Psalm 100:1-5)
We are about to enter what is, for many people, the most
stressful time of the year. How ironic that Thanksgiving and Christmas – which are
both about giving thanks to God and recognizing his goodness – have been commercialized
to the point of absurdity and filled with so much activity that, rather than
feeling like holy-days, they just feel like a giant blur!
This year you have the opportunity to slow it all down, take
a deep breath and decide to use this season to give thanks to God for what he
has done and is doing in your life. One of the things that Jesus tried to point
out to everyone he encountered is that God is working – always working – to bless
the lives of people (See John 5:16-17). God pours out his blessings because he
loves and cares for his creation with a Father’s heart.
When we give thanks to God we are acknowledging that we
notice the many ways God is working in our world and in our lives and that we
appreciate his loving attention.
When we give thanks to God we are declaring to all that we
ourselves are not capable of giving meaning to live, or even capable of
providing all that we need to sustain life. Rather, we gratefully acknowledge
that God is the gracious provider of life.
When we give thanks to God we are also declaring that, just
as God has provided for us in the past, we trust that his goodness endures
forever and that our future is secure in his love. (Have you noticed what a
huge issue “security” is in our world right now?)
When we give thanks to God we join his family throughout the
ages in raising a chorus of thanksgiving to the one who is so generous and
loving towards us all. Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.
Whatever else may be happening in
your life currently, it is happening in the presence of your loving Father, who
is good and whose love never fails, but endures forever. For that we give