give thanks

Psalm 50:23 “He who offers a sacrifice of thanksgiving honors Me…

This weekend officially begins one of the most universal holiday seasons on the planet in human history. For those who notice it is significant that it begins in our country with a day of thanksgiving. Though it has become cliché to lament the passing over of thanksgiving in the rush to a materialistic version of Christmas, I’d us to think more deeply about importance of giving thanks.

Rom 1:21 For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened.

Where does gratitude fit today? This weekend we are going to consider why it matters for a follower of Jesus and what to do if you just aren’t feeling it. What if the condition of our gratitude says something about the condition of our faith and the focus of our faith. The Bible is full of calls to praise the Lord with gratitude. It also contains a couple of serious warnings. 2Timothy warns that in the last’s day’s people will become ungrateful. This seems like the least significant on that list until we connect it with Romans 1 where we learn that failing to honor God with gratitude actually leads to a darkened heart! What is the condition of your heart today? How are you with the gratitude test?

There is much to consider here. Let me cut to the chase. I believe when we genuinely value and trust the presence of Christ as our source of life, our hearts will respond in gratitude. On the flip side, when we look to our own strength or lesser gods to make our lives work we sink into a cesspool of disappointment, frustration and inevitable ingratitude. This is why Moses warned his people to NOT FORGET THE LORD when things were going well for them. When we forget that life comes from God, we come to the wrong conclusion about the true source of our blessings.

 Dt. 6:12 then watch yourself, that you do not forget the Lord who brought you from the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.

This brings us full circle to today. It is no mistake that the psalms call us to enter God’s presence with gratitude and to honor Him with gratitude. Philippians commands us to rejoice in the Lord always. In the end any significant focus on the presence of God will lead to gratitude. No matter how else you celebrate this weekend, I hope you will gather with your spiritual family to express gratitude to our True Father. We will take extended time to share praise this weekend at Parkview. I hope to see you there.

Psalm 103:1 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 none of His benefits;