Mothers for Prodigals

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Everlasting Thanksgiving

I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go to the house of the Lord.”  Psalm 122:1 (NASB) I enjoy worshiping my Lord and Savior! Joy pours forth when praising Jesus!
Black Friday: Because only in America, people trample others for sales exactly one day after being thankful for what they already have. Shopping is fun and sometimes I think I absolutely need that bargain. How sad when material possessions become a priority.

Most of us have participated in one or both of those occasions at some point in our lives. Which experience truly produces lasting happiness? How can we live a significant life in a country consumed by material goods?

This has been the week of gratitude. Americans are thankful for their blessings on a nationally declared day of thanks—Thanksgiving Day. How about every day of the year? Do we wake up thanking God for His favor upon our lives or do we ask Him for more? Do our praises to an Almighty God rely upon our circumstances or in spite of them?

Maybe you can’t see through the mountain of debt that seems to pile up endlessly or maybe your husband just walked out on you and the family. Maybe your child rebels against everything you say, choosing to dishonor the family and authority they’ve been placed under. Maybe you’ve lost a child, a parent, or a friend to cancer. Are there blessings in those storms? 

Scripture tells us to praise God and keep the faith, no matter what comes our way. Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1 (NASB) Our hope is eternal and our praises glorify God. Jesus won the victory on the cross. Give Him praise and thank Him for His many blessings in your life as you stand in your storms. His light will shine upon you and His peace will reign in your heart! Thank you, Jesus!

Read the Scriptures below and know that God is on your side. He will take care of you. Give Him praise!

Therefore, thus says the Lord God to them, “Behold, I, even I, will judge between the fat sheep and the lean sheep. Because you push with side and with shoulder, and thrust at all the weak with your horns until you have scattered them abroad, therefore, I will deliver My flock, and they will no longer be a prey; and I will judge between one sheep and another.
“Then I will set over them one shepherd, My servant David, and he will feed them; he will feed them himself and be their shepherd. And I, the Lord, will be their God, and My servant David will be prince among them; I the Lord have spoken.
“I will make a covenant of peace with them and eliminate harmful beasts from the land so that they may live securely in the wilderness and sleep in the woods. I will make them and the places around My hill a blessing. And I will cause showers to come down in their season; they will be showers of blessing. Also the tree of the field will yield its fruit and the earth will yield its increase, and they will be secure on their land. Then they will know that I am the Lord, when I have broken the bars of their yoke and have delivered them from the hand of those who enslaved them. 

They will no longer be a prey to the nations, and the beasts of the earth will not devour them; but they will live securely, and no one will make them afraid. I will establish for them a renowned planting place, and they will not again be victims of famine in the land, and they will not endure the insults of the nations anymore. Then they will know that I, the Lord their God, am with them, and that they, the house of Israel, are My people,” declares the Lord God. “As for you, My sheep, the sheep of My pasture, you are men, and I am your God,” declares the Lord God.  Ezekiel 34:20-31 (NASB)
The Lord is my light and my salvation;
Whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the defense of my life;
Whom shall I dread?
When evildoers came upon me to devour my flesh,
My adversaries and my enemies, they stumbled and fell.
Though a host encamp against me,
My heart will not fear;
Though war arise against me,
In spite of this I shall be confident.

One thing I have asked from the Lord, that I shall seek:
That I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life,
To behold the beauty of the Lord
And to meditate in His temple.
For in the day of trouble He will conceal me in His tabernacle;
In the secret place of His tent He will hide me;
He will lift me up on a rock.
And now my head will be lifted up above my enemies around me,
And I will offer in His tent sacrifices with shouts of joy;
I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to the Lord.

Hear, O Lord, when I cry with my voice,
And be gracious to me and answer me.
When You said, “Seek My face,” my heart said to You,
“Your face, O Lord, I shall seek.”
Do not hide Your face from me,
Do not turn Your servant away in anger;
You have been my help;
Do not abandon me nor forsake me,
O God of my salvation!
For my father and my mother have forsaken me,
But the Lord will take me up.

Teach me Your way, O Lord,
And lead me in a level path
Because of my foes.
Do not deliver me over to the desire of my adversaries,
For false witnesses have risen against me,
And such as breathe out violence.
I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would 
           see the goodness of the Lord
In the land of the living.
Wait for the Lord;
Be strong and let your heart take courage;
Yes, wait for the Lord. 
Psalm 27 (NASB)

Shout joyfully to the Lord, all the earth.
Serve the Lord with gladness;
Come before Him with joyful singing. 
Know that the Lord Himself is God;
It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves;
We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.
Enter His gates with thanksgiving
And His courts with praise.
Give thanks to Him, bless His name.
For the Lord is good;
His lovingkindness is everlasting
And His faithfulness to all generations. 
Psalm 100 (NASB)

Give God praise every day! Give Him the honor and glory due His holy name! Anchor yourself and your soul on the firm foundation—Jesus, the Rock, who loved you so much that He died for you! Let your constant praises flow to the God who is worthy of thanksgiving. Once your praises begin to ring out in the midst of your circumstances, you will find significance and value in your situation. God’s peace will begin to reign on your life, others will see a difference in you, and our Father in heaven will receive glory for being our infinite and mighty God!

1 comment:

  1. What a wonderful post and reminder to whom we belong...and who is worthy of ALL PRAISE!