Summary: Thanksgiving message
"A Psalm for Thanksgiving"
- No matter what seems to happen in our lives, we can always look forward to this time of year
- A time that brings families together, a time to reflect, a time to give thanks
- Many have been through life changing adversity and are still in the midst of it
- 2000 has been a year that truly has brought a lot of change, confusion, heart-ache, adversity, but also it has been another year that we, as believers, must be thankful for
- I want us to look this morning at ’A Psalm for Thanksgiving’
- Turn to Psalms 100 / Pray
- I want us to look at all five verses this morning as we focus on a time of thanksgiving this week.
1. Shout For Joy (Read Verse 1)
- One thing that I think we need more of in our churches today is folks who can’t help but SHOUT FOR JOY.
- We go to sporting games and we hoot and holler and are joyous when our team scores
- Yet in church, we seem very tranquil and we might give an occasional AMEN
- Have you ever had so much JOY in your heart that you just wanted to SHOUT about it?
- I think that is what God desires of us and yet I am not sure we know how
- Or I am not sure we want to…we might think it inappropriate
- But sometimes shouting is what is necessary for victory
- Let’s look at it from God’s word in Joshua 6:1-5 (Turn there)
- God is what gave the victory, but He required of them to shout in obedience and the walls fell
- Psa 47:1 says, "Clap your hands, all you nations; Shout to God with cries of joy."
- Psa 66:1 "Shout with joy to God, all the earth."
- Psa 95:1, "Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord, let us shout aloud to the Rock of our Salvation"
- Isa 12:6, "Shout aloud and sing for joy, people of Zion, for Great is the Holy One of Israel among you."
- Isa 26:19, "…You who dwell in the dust, wake up and shout for joy…"
- This thanksgiving, you may be in adversity, troubling situations, under persecution,
- Just maybe, just like the walls of Jericho, you might want to do a little shouting that God can bring the walls tumbling down
TRANS: Not only, shout with joy before the Lord this thanksgiving but come and…
2. Worship with Gladness (Read verse 2)
- It seems that many times when we enter into God’s presence, all we have to bring is problems and sadness
- But when we really begin to seek His face and enter in His worship, He turns the worship into a worship of Gladness and joy
- Turn to Jer 31:10-13
- When we come into His presence, and we truly lay it all out
- We turn it all over to Him and worship Him, He will turn our mourning into gladness
- This thanksgiving, let us come and bow down in His presence, lay it all at His feet that we can Worship Him in Gladness
TRANS: A part of being able to worship with gladness, is in our hearts we…
3. Know the Lord is God (Read verse 3)
- John 1:1-2, "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning"
- John 1:14, "The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us."
- We have the assurance that when we worship Him that He is the One True God.
- In John 10:30 Jesus says, "I and the Father are one"
- Turn with me to Heb 1:7-10
- Not only is He Lord of the believer but He is Lord of all and over all.
- We are the works of His hands, we are His people, the sheep of His pasture
- When we give thanks this year, Let us give thanks Knowing the Lord is God
TRANS: When we worship with gladness, knowing He is God, it then should cause us to…
4. Enter His Gates with Thanksgiving (Read verse 4)
- Whenever we come into His Presence, it should be with a heart and an attitude of thankfulness
- Paul even tells us in 1 Thess 5:18, "to give thanks in all things…ALL CIRCUMSTANCES"…even the bad!
- We have so much to be thankful for everyday of our lives
- We sing the song "Count your blessings, name them one by one"
- We can’t even realistically begin to do that because there are too many to count
- But, we should enter into God’s presence with giving thanks to Him for all He has done. You might say, what do we have to be thankful for