David praised the Lord in the presence of the whole assembly, saying,
“Praise be to you, Lord, . . . from everlasting to everlasting. Yours, Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is yours. Yours, Lord, is the kingdom; you are exalted as head over all. Wealth and honor come from you; you are the ruler of all things. In your hands are strength and power to exalt and give strength to. Now, [my] God, [I] give you thanks, and praise your glorious name.
“But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to give as generously as this? Everything comes from you, and we have given you only what comes from your hand.” 1 Chronicles 29:10-14
Canadians recently celebrated their national day of Thanksgiving, and Americans will be preparing for theirs in a few short weeks. Therefore, it only seems fitting that November be our month of Thanksgiving.
How did you, or how are you, or how do you celebrate Thanksgiving Day?
Of course, it goes without saying that there will be a feast of goodies, especially recently harvested foods. The table will be filled with colours and textures and all sorts of fabulous things. Then there is family and friends. Lots of family and friends laughing, playing, and talking. Times are spent reminiscing, and sharing, and walking through the paths of colourful fallen leaves under a canopy of reds and golds, (at least in the northern regions).
Does this sound at all like your Thanksgiving Day?
Well what about those who don’t have food in abundance or those with no family or friends to share in the honoured day? Is their Thanksgiving a dud? Are they exempt from such joyous celebrations?
Well, if our observance of Thanksgiving Day is merely a focus on the food and people we can bring together, then perhaps for those who cannot gather in such a setting, it may seem a dreary day. However, if we stop and consider who we are to be thanking, and spending time with -our Most Gracious and Awesome God and Saviour- then it doesn’t matter what else fills our day. He is the One with whom we need to spend our time, to whom we need to lift our praises to and sing our hearts out in grateful praises and thanksgiving. Especially on Thanksgiving day, first and foremost, we need to stop and consider all His blessings, starting first with His blessing of redemption. Thanks be to God for his love shown to us through his Son, our Saviour, Jesus, who won the victory over sin and death. So even those who are at the end of their earthly path, they to can proclaim with assurance and thanksgiving God’s glorious majesty and give him honour and praise.
No in the grand scheme of things, it’s not the stuff and the people that is to be our focus of thanksgiving, but God our Lord, the giver of all good things, and we can put our family and all our good stuff in their proper place.
Ultimately, the people with nothing except the Lord on their mind to whom they give their thanksgiving and praise, have celebrated with a higher honour, than the richest person with their house filled with people and a table overflowing with tasty foods, but who did not acknowledge the Lord at all. Therefore, in plenty or in want, praise and honour to God is what makes our Thanksgiving day, and every day, the most glorious of celebrations. So, in closing, please proclaim with me the words of David, as stated above.