It's October again, a month filled with many beautiful things, not to mention a full weekend set aside for Thanksgiving celebrations! “A Weekend” is that ALL! Really, is ONE weekend, out of a full year, enough to say “Thank you?” It’s a good start, but thanksgiving needs to become a lifestyle and not an annual event in one’s life. Do you know what we need to do? We need to turn Thanksgiving into Thanks-living. To translate our Thanksgiving into Thanks-living, we need to offer to God what the bible calls the "sacrifices of thanksgiving." That is, to offer to God the sacrifices of thanksgiving daily. The Psalmist declared in Psalm 107:32 “Oh that men would praise the Lord for His goodness and for His wonderful works to the children of men and let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving."
Talk is cheap! We say, "Oh we're thankful.” It ought to go a little further than that. We need to do something else besides that in order to show how thankful to God we are. In Psalm 27:6, David says,” At His tabernacle will I sacrifice with shouts of joy! I will sing and make music to the Lord!" Our lives should be full of thanks. The Bible speaks of a continual sacrifice of praise - "The fruit of our lips!" Such thanksgiving should turn into EVERYDAY ‘THANKS LIVING’ for the rest of our lives!
In Psalm 34:1, David takes himself in hands and says, I will bless the LORD at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth. Again in Psalm 103, he declares “1) Bless the LORD, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless His holy name! 2) Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: 3) Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases, 4) Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with loving-kindness and tender mercies, 5) Who satisfies your mouth with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. 6) The LORD executes righteousness and justice for all who are oppressed. 7) He made known His ways to Moses, His acts to the children of Israel. 8) The LORD is merciful and gracious, Slow to anger, and abounding in mercy. 9) He will not always strive with us, nor will He keep His anger forever. 10) He has not dealt with us according to our sins, nor punished us according to our iniquities… 22) Bless the LORD, all His works, in all places of His dominion. Bless the LORD, O my soul!”
By God's grace, let us also take ourselves in hand, determined to praise God daily for all of the benefits that our gracious Lord has provided for us! Let us turn our Thanksgiving into Thanks-living!