Mothers for Prodigals

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Enter His Courts with Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving jump-starts the Christmas holidays. Black Friday offers a chance to begin and/or finish buying gifts for your loved ones. The entire week of Thanksgiving seems to get everything set to celebrate Christmas.
Is Thanksgiving lost in Christmas preparations? Do we Americans get caught up in buying gifts on sale rather than giving thanks for blessings already given? As believers in Christ, we are extravagantly blessed. Are we thankful?
Let the day of giving thanks jump-start a season of gratitude. (We’ve already celebrated Thanksgiving, but it’s never too late to be grateful.) Instead of looking for more things to possess, see with eyes of faith a King who comes to save. Daily bow in humility before Him with thanks. Give your Lord and Savior an undivided heart of praise.
Worship the Lord with celebration:
O come, let us sing for joy to the LORD,
Let us shout joyfully to the rock of our salvation.
Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving,
Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms. Psalm 95:1-2 (NASB)

Psalm 100 (KJV)
Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands.
Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing.
Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.

Sing praises to the Lord with this ancient hymn:
Come, Ye Thankful People Come by George J. Elvey
1. Come, ye thankful people, come,
Raise the song of harvest home;
All is safely gathered in
Ere the winter storms begin.
God, our Maker, doth provide
For our wants to be supplied;
Come to God's own temple, come
Raise the song of harvest home.

2. All the world is God's own field,
Fruit unto His praise to yield;
Wheat and tares together sown,
Unto joy or sorrow grown.
First the blade and then the ear,
Then the full corn shall appear;
Lord of harvest, grant that we
Wholesome grain and pure may be.

3. For the Lord our God shall come,
And shall take His harvest home;
From His field shall in that day
All offenses purge away;
Give His angels charge at last
In the fire the tares to cast,
But the fruitful ears to store
In His garner evermore.

4. Even so, Lord, quickly come,
To Thy final harvest home;
Gather Thou Thy people in,
Free from sorrow, free from sin;
There, forever purified,
In Thy presence to abide;
Come, with all Thine angels, come
Raise the glorious harvest home.

Now may the God of your salvation bless you with peace as you give Him your thanks and praise.

Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God. Colossians 3:16 (NASB)

No comments:

Post a Comment