Brothers and sisters, thanksgiving is not an arbitrary concept. Thanksgiving is a consequence of our faithful response to God, Himself.
“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.” ~ Psalm 100:3 The placement of our text, verse three in the hundredth Psalm, is peculiar because its content appears to be the premise upon which the two preceding verses are established. “1 Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands. 2 Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing. 3 Know ye that the Lord He is God…” ~ Psalm 100:1-3a In other words, one would assume that knowing “that the Lord He is God…” is the reason for making “a joyful noise” (Psalm 100:1), for serving “the Lord with gladness” (Psalm 100:2a), and for coming before His presence with singing (Psalm 100:2b). In (yet) other words, it would appear to make more sense that vs. 3 came before verses 1 and 2. However, the placement of v. 3 in the Psalm is part of its message. Specifically, there is …
This call to intimacy, is crucial: God already knows us; this is our opportunity to get to know Him, to know Him deeply, to know Him intimately.
We must learn to serve God before we can offer Him true praise, true thanksgiving.
The first step to thanksgiving… is learning to take our eyes off our concerns, our feelings, our hang-ups and focusing on Him, exclusively. We must first forget our selves to truly praise our God.
Today, since the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, Christians are now the ones appointed to GIVE THANKS; because Believers are the royal priesthood of God (1 Peter 2:9-10). It is Believers who must show the world how to GIVE THANKS to God!
Many of us struggle with sin in our lives and with that struggle comes shame and a sense of worthlessness. Eventually, we question whether God will even come near us, whether God could even work through us. Sometimes we get so low, that we pull ourselves away from serving Him, because we feel so unlovable…
God’s wondrous works: the harmony of everything in the universe, declares, shouts, that He is near. God is not far away so that we can’t reach Him or know Him.
When God blesses us, let us not praise ourselves or our strengths/abilities. Instead, let us praise and GIVE THANKS to Him.
“How does a mother bury her fourth child?” “How does a father go home without a job to return to and with bills to pay?” But we know God IS good. We know He has made a way for us. We know that even when we are faithless, He IS faithful.