Thanksgiving – A Tradition? An Obligation? Or A Privilege? – Psalm 107:1
Psalm 107:1 “O give thanks unto the LORD, for he is good:For his mercy endureth for ever.”
As we approach Thanksgiving Day, it is exceptionally sad that so many people are indifferent concerning the true meaning and purpose of thanksgiving. It has become quite evident that for many, this day is nothing more than a day off from work or school, an excuse for excessive eating, a time set apart to spend with family and friends, or a day of football.
While history teaches us the reason the fourth Thursday of November is nationally recognized as a day of thanks, even this does not necessarily define the true meaning behind thanksgiving. While most all of us will gather around a feast of turkey and all the trimmings, followed by family time, shopping, or a football game, may we never forget the true meaning of thanksgiving.
Thanksgiving is not defined by the modern day celebration; yet, neither was it defined by the founding fathers of our nation, or those who followed after them. Even among those who are religious, and those who are genuine followers of Jesus Christ, there tends to be a misunderstanding concerning why we are to offer thanks. While it is true that many will waste away the opportunity to give thanks, choosing rather to celebrate around food, family, and sports, there are others who will recognize and offer thanks to God for all the good in their lives. However, even giving thanks for all the good things in life does not necessarily demonstrate the truest meaning of thanksgiving.
The simple truth is that both the reason and significance of thanksgiving is defined within God’s Word. We are commanded in Psalm 107:1 “O give thanks unto the Lord, for he is good:” Although we all have much to be thankful for, and we should give thanks to the Lord for all the good He has given us, true thanksgiving is centered not on the good things God has given, but rather on the fact that He is good. While the world follows after its traditions, and others feel obligated to give thanks for all the good in their lives, may each of us, who are followers of Jesus Christ, recognize our privilege to offer thanks to God because of Who He is. He is good, He is gracious, and He is merciful.
As we approach Thanksgiving Day, may we all consider the truth of the great character of our great God! “O give thanks unto the LORD, for he is good:For his mercy endureth for ever.”
Although we all have so much to be thankful for, our thanks should be founded on Who He is, not simply what He has done!
– Pastor T