Summary: A sermon for thanksgiving and praise. Can be used for any occasion.
Let Us Be Thankful
Dr. Bob Jones Sr. said, "The lonliest flower that blooms in the garden of the heart is the flower of gratitude; and when gratitude dies on the altar of a man's heart, he is well nigh gone!"
Romans 1:21-28 "...When they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were they thankful: but became vain in their imaginations...and even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind to do those things which are not convenient."
This all started when they became unthankful.
Psalms 100 was written to be sung at the time of sacrifice when thanksgiving offerings were offered to God on the altar of sacrifice (Lev. 7:12)
As Christians in America, we ought to be the most thankful for the the things that we possess not only materially, but spiritually. Let us take a moment and look into this Psalm and find out what we truly should be thanful for as children of God.
I. WE SHOULD BE THANKFUL FOR SALVATION
Why should we be thankful for our salvation?
1. Because of our past
"For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and ency, hateful, and hating one another. But after that the kindness and love of God our saviour toward men appeared. Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Ghost: which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our saviour, that being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life."
Sam Jones, one of the most fearless, sin-fighting preachers of all time, joined the church when he was 17, but he did not get saved. He began to live a life of drunkedness. He studied law and was married, but this still did not keep him from drinking whiskey. One day at his dying Father's bedside, Jones began to get under conviction of the Holy Spirit. He promised his godly dad he would stop drinking. Jones kept his promise and went to church. The invitation was given and Jones was afraid to go forward. By the third verse Jones said to himself, "I can but perish if I go, I am resolved to try; For if I stay away I know, I must forever die."
Jones said later on, "And I want to tell you, my neighbor, whatever else may be said, living or dying, I was reformed, reborn and changed from that hour."
We need to rejoice in our salvation because of what we were in the past!
2. We need to rejoice in salvation because of present possession
We are seated in heavenly places at this moment if we know Christ. "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessee us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world"...
John 3:16 speaks of salvation as a present possession for those who believe. "hath" everlasting life.
A clock maker placed in his window a sign which read, "CLOCKS CONVERTED TO CHIMING" We as believers have been converted to chime for God. "Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, come before his presence with singing."
3. We need to rejoice in our salvation because of future prospect in heaven!
Think about it! Streets of gold! Gates of pearl! Walls of Jasper! No sickness, disease or pain! A family reunion with our loved ones, and most of all getting to see Jesus! We can rejoice in salvation when we consider our future prospect!
Not only that, but consider what we have missed by being saved. We have missed a firey, devils hell where "The fire is not quenched and the worm dies not."
"I once was an out cast, stranger on earth, a sinner by choice and an alien by birth; but I've been adopted, my names written down, an heir to a mansion a robe and a crown. I'm a child of the King, a child of the King, with Jesus my saviour, I'm a child of the King."
II. WE SHOULD BE THANKFUL FOR SERVICE
The same sweet singer of Israel cried here in the Psalms, "Enter into his gates with thanksgiving and into his courts with praise." He also said here in our passage, "Serve the Lord with gladness."
The Psalmist also said, "I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, htan to dwell in tents of wickedness."
1. The privilege of being a servant. WE ARE SAVED TO SERVE! We must serve the Lord with gladness!