Sing to God with gratitude in your hearts.
Have you ever forgotten something? Whether it was a task to be done, where an item was last seen, or the name of someone – most of us have experienced a lapse of memory at some time in our lives. And as we age, I’m learning, this is a more common occurrence! A song the children’s choir sang many years ago was entitled, “Never Forget to be Thankful.”
Throughout scripture we are reminded to give thanks to God. For example:
“Give thanks to the LORD and proclaim his greatness.
Let the whole world know what he has done.” (1 Chr. 16:8; Ps. 105:1 NLT)
“Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good!
His faithful love endures forever.” (1 Chr. 16:34; Ps. 107:1; 118:1,29; 136:1 NLT)
“Enter his gates with thanksgiving; go into his courts with praise.
Give thanks to him and bless his name.” (Ps 100:4 NLT)
“Praise the LORD! Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good!
His faithful love endures forever.” (Ps 106:1 NLT)
The fourth Thursday of November is a national day for Thanksgiving in our country. But we should not limit our words of thanks to just one twenty-four hour period. God is limitless in his bestowal of blessings; we should be no less generous in our expressions of gratitude.
However you plan to spend Thanksgiving Day – with family and friends, or perhaps alone – enjoying delicious dinner or watching a little football – please set aside time and remember to “Give thanks to the LORD and proclaim his greatness.”
Pastor Martha Dominy