Give Thanks to the Lord
This past Thursday, most of us gathered together with our families and friends, to enjoy some good foods and fellowship and to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday. Hopefully, we’ll also took the necessary time to express our love and gratitude to our Good and Gracious God. The Season of Thanksgiving always gives us the perfect opportunity to transform ourselves from being jaded and thankless, to being joyful and grateful to the Lord for all His blessings! As someone once said: “A thankful spirit is one of the key distinguishing marks of a true Christian.” Even for us as Christians, we sometimes find ourselves struggling with the issue of contentment and giving thanks to God for all of our blessings!
Psalm 100 was originally written for the people of Israel to remind them to always be thankful to the Lord. So why did God have to remind them? Because God knew that His people would prone to have a case of ‘Spiritual Amnesia.’ Just prior to the Israelites entering the Promised Land that God had sworn to their forefathers, God warned them in Deuteronomy 8:11-14, of forgetting all about Him-of failing to observe His commands and laws-of becoming too proud and of taking all of His many blessings for granted.
Now as we look more carefully at this Psalm, we find that there are at least five Thanksgiving commands give.