Make a joyful shout to the LORD, all you lands!
2 Serve the LORD with gladness;
Come before His presence with singing.
3 Know that the LORD, He is God;
It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves;[a]
We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.
4 Enter into His gates with thanksgiving,
And into His courts with praise.
Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.
5 For the LORD is good;
His mercy is everlasting,
And His truth endures to all generations.
New King James Version (NKJV)
14 Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.[a]
What are the things we are to be thankful for? When was the last time you praised God for the blessings you have? Can you count your blessings? All too often we focus on our problems and the challenges that confront us daily and overlook the mercy drops of blessing that fall around us each day. Even in difficult circumstances we have cause to rejoice. It could just be the greeting or smile of a stranger. Or a smell of something cooking that brings back happy memories of a special time. Or a song that reminds you of an old love or perhaps a song that means something special to you and that special someone. Just a simple bowl of soup is something to be thankful for. Even just a simple piece of bread how about the dirty dishes in the sink? That is something to be thankful a hot meal and family to share it with. What about those special times with someone special? As I think back through the years, and as I peruse the Bible, I see a lot has to do with sharing a meal. One of the most intimate activities that we have is that of sharing a meal. Another intimate thing is when we pray with someone. The two go hand in hand. But, when was the last time you heard or saw someone saying grace at a diner? Just some food for thought! Why don’t we set an example and next time we go out to eat- say grace when the food comes and before anyone dig in?! Thanksgiving will be arriving before Christmas. Let us enter His gates with thanksgiving in our hearts! It is still ok to MERRY CHRISTMAS! And that is one thing we know we can and should offer a praise of thanksgiving for every day- That God sent His Son to redeem us- He is our salvation and our hope!