“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever. Let the redeemed of the Lord tell their story, those he redeemed from the hand of the foe, those he gathered from the lands, from east and west, from north and south.” ~ Psalm 107:1-2
I don’t know about your Facebook page, but mine had been filled with friends who are posting each day things of which they are thankful. And it’s nice seeing people thankful for family and children, jobs and friends.
But are we REALLY thankful? Are we to a place where we are overcome with the amazement that God has given us everything, and that we don’t deserve any of it? Are you at a place in your life where you can say, “God is good and I am satisfied with that?”
I don’t think I am. I’m learning though.
I urge you to read all of Psalm 107. It goes back to the foundation for why we should be thankful to God. Believers are to “tell their story.” And it’s through our story telling of how God has worked in our lives that the Gospel comes alive and is spread.
Why should we be thankful? Why should we boast in the Lord, not just during this season of Thanksgiving, but every moment of every day?
1) Because God saves us from ourselves. I don’t know about you, but I am my own worse enemy. I can tear myself down and then become arrogantly prideful within minutes of each other. I need a God who loves me enough to help me work through my salvation so that I am changed from the old man and able to stand gloriously blemish-free before the throne.
“Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind, for he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.” ~ 8-9
2) Because God delivers us from bondage. Sins, untruths, lies, hypocrisies, addictions, bad theologies…God has the power to free us from all of it. But we must be willing to be broken and then cry out to Him in our trouble. Then He will save us from our distresses.
“He brought them out of darkness, the utter darkness, and broke away their chains.Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind, for he breaks down gates of bronze and cuts through bars of iron.” ~ 14-16
3) Because God saves us from our past. Everything about me is under the blood of Christ. Everything! All of the bad things I’ve done, the horrible thoughts that have flown through my mind, lusts, desires, jealousies….ALL of it. I am not to be the person I was. I am a NEW CREATURE. All of those sins and issues are of the past.
“Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind. Let them sacrifice thank offerings and tell of his works with songs of joy.” ~ 21-22
4) Because God delivers us out of the storms of life. Cancer, divorce, rebellion of a child, loneliness, financial burdens, infertility…God has the power to stare at the storm and say, “Peace be still.” But most of the time He ends up carrying us through the storm so we learn to depend totally upon Him.
“He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed. They were glad when it grew calm, and he guided them to their desired haven.Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind. Let them exalt him in the assembly of the people and praise him in the council of the elders.” 29-32
So why should we be thankful every day? Because God is good. No more, no less. I am learning that His goodness is enough for me to boast in because there is no end to it. And it is when I am boasting about the goodness of the Lord to others, that the Gospel becomes real and a daily blessing.
“Let the one who is wise heed these things and ponder the loving deeds of the Lord.” ~43
I want to tell others about what the Lord has done for me. He has been so good and faithful and He is still at work in my life. So as we sit around the table this Thanksgiving and everyone goes around the table to say what they are thankful for, perhaps we need to reconsider and ponder the lovingkindness of the Lord.