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Summary: Here's a sermon to preach for the Sunday before Thanksgiving.

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Good Is Good!

Psalm 119:68

Thanksgiving Sermon

Psalm 119:68

You are good, and do good; Teach me Your statutes.

That verse states a wonderful truth about God.

God is good and what He does is good.

We usually think about God's goodness

with only the good things He brings into our lives.

We could each make an extensive list

of the good things God has done to and for each one of us.

There is nothing wrong with that.

As Thanksgiving Day approaches

we think about the blessings God has given to us.

I love that old hymn, Count Your Blessing.

Count your blessings, name them one by one,

Count your blessings, see what God hath done!

Count your blessings, name them one by one,

Count your many blessings, see what God hath done!

However, there is one drawback to that.

It trains us to see God as good through the blessing only.

We praise and thank Him when all is well.

We might blame Him when all is not well.

We must keep in mind that Psalm 119:68

comes after verse 67 and before verse 71.

Psalm 119:67

Before I was afflicted I went astray,

But now I keep Your word.

Psalm 119:71

It is good for me that I have been afflicted,

That I may learn Your statutes.

When we finally recognize the fact that God is good

and does good regardless of what is happening,

it is a good thing!

Recently, I found a list of things

for which one person said God was good.

I've adapted it for this sermon:

1. I have a great Christian spouse.

2. I have wonderful children.

3. I had two great Christian parents.

4. I had two great Christian parents-in-law.

5. I have a great Christian brother and sister-in-law.

6. I have assurance of my salvation.

7. I have food to put on the table each day.

8. I live in a warm, dry, safe home.

9. I have household appliances such as a refrigerator, stove, washer, and dryer.

10. I live in a free country.

11. My family has vehicles for transportation.

12. I grew up in a loving Christian home.

13. I was able to go to college.

14. I am healthy.

15. In spite of cancer, my wife is still living.

16. My children are healthy.

17. I have some wonderful grandchildren.

18. We have furniture to sit on.

19. I have a good church to attend.

20. I have never been seriously ill.

21. We have a telephone and a cell phone.

22. We have a cool house in summer and a warm one in winter.

23. We have running water and hot water.

24. I have clothing and warm coats to wear.

25. My grandchildren have toys to play with.

26. We have beds to sleep in.

27. When we are sick, we can go to the doctor and buy medicine.

What if a person had only a few or none of these?

Would that cancel the goodness of God?

What if:

1. I don't have a great Christian spouse?

2. I don't have wonderful children?

3. I don't have two great Christian parents?

4. I didn't have two great Christian parents-in-law?

5. I didn't have a great Christian brother and sister-in-law?

6. I didn't have assurance of my salvation?

7. I didn't have food to put on the table each day?

8. I didn't live in a warm, dry, safe home?

9. I didn't have household appliances such as a refrigerator, stove, washer, or dryer?

10. I didn't live in a free country?


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