Summary: In Psalm 30 David thanks God for His help in 3 Dimensions – the Past, the Present, and the Future. We look at the things David thanked God for that will spark our own thankfulness.
3 DIMENSION THANKSGIVING
1. PREMIUM ON IGNORANCE
a. Shortly before his death, former Chief Justice Melville W. Fuller was presiding at a church business meeting. During the heated debate, a delegate rose and began a tirade against universities and education, giving thanks to God that he had not been corrupted by contact with any college.
b. "Do I understand the speaker to be thanking God for his ignorance?" Interrupted Chief Justice Fuller.
c. "Well, yes, if you want to put it that way," the man answered.
d. "All I have to say then," responded the Chief Justice, "is that you have a great deal to be thankful for."
2. COMMUNITY THANKSGIVING
a. I am Thankful that we only elect presidents once every four years.
b. I am Thankful that teenagers will grow up and that one day they will have children that will become teenagers of their own.
c. I am Thankful that I am not a turkey this week.
d. I am Thankful that the space available for messages on T-shirts and bumpers is limited.
e. I am Thankful that hugs and kisses do not add weight or cause cancer…TVs, Radios, & CD players can be turned off.
f. I am Thankful that God’s love never fails…and that we can come together this morning in unity. SOURCE: R Duane Gryder.
1I will extol You, O LORD, for You have lifted me up, And have not let my foes rejoice over me. 2O LORD my God, I cried out to You, And You healed me. 3O LORD, You brought my soul up from the grave; You have kept me alive, that I should not go down to the pit. 4Sing praise to the LORD, you saints of His. And give thanks at the remembrance of His holy name. 5For His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for life; Weeping may endure for a night, But joy comes in the morning. 6Now in my prosperity I said,“I shall never be moved.” 7LORD, by Your favor You have made my mountain stand strong; You hid Your face, and I was troubled. 8I cried out to You, O LORD; And to the LORD I made supplication: 9“What profit is there in my blood, When I go down to the pit? Will the dust praise You? Will it declare Your truth? 10Hear, O LORD, and have mercy on me; LORD, be my helper!” 11You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; You have put off my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness, 12To the end that my glory may sing praise to You and not be silent. O LORD my God, I will give thanks to You forever.
1. During this Psalm David thanks God for His help in 3 Dimensions – the Past, the Present, and the Future. Let’s see how.
2. Title: “3 Dimension Thanksgiving.”
I. THANK YOU, LORD, FOR YESTERDAY
A. EARTHLY THINGS DAVID WAS THANKFUL FOR
1. DEFEAT OF HIS ENEMIES(1).
a. God had delivered David from such great threats as Goliath and his relative, Ishbe-benob, and many other threats during his lifetime. David saw these as part of God’s salvation for him.
b. Just like David, God has delivered us from our spiritual enemies, the devil and his fallen angels. Christians can thank God for the great events that have brought us hope in this life and for eternity – the coming of Christ, the Cross, the Resurrection, and the great affirmations such as, “God was reconciling the world to Himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them” (2 Corinthians 5:19). Praise God for His glorious deliverance!
2. DIVINE HEALING(2)
a. David says that God also healed him. On other occasions David alluded to some sort of a bodily sickness(Ps. 38:7; 41:8 KJV) that he had. But God delivered him from it! What God did for him, He will do for us.
b. This reminds us that Jesus also delivered us – He “bore our sicknesses and carried our diseases” and “was wounded with our transgressions, bruised with our iniquities, the chastisement of our peace was upon him, and with His stripes we are healed!” (Isaiah 53:4-5).
c. Can you remember a time when God healed your body? Thanksgiving is a great time to go back to the foot of the cross and tell Jesus ‘thank you’ for the healings He’s provided for you.
3. A NEAR-BRUSH WITH DEATH(3)
a. The Bible recounts several times that David was nearly killed; fighting lions barehanded, King Saul throwing a spear at him, a giant about to pin him to the ground, a hostile army chasing after him, and when he had to act insane so the Philistines wouldn’t kill him.
b. But you can also remember times when you had a close brush with death. I remember three times when I came very close to being killed. Some World Trade Center workers were saved because they were delayed by a child’s dirty diaper, or a flat tire, or a child who forgot their lunch, and many other circumstances.