Summary: Thanksgiving is a time for 1. Relationships 2. Rejoicing 3. Reflecting 3. Restoring 5. Remembering

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Psalm 100:1-5The Message

A Thanksgiving Psalm

100 1 All of you, up on your feet now

—Shout & applaud for the lord!

2 Bring a gift of laughter,

sing yourselves into his presence.

3 Know this: God is God, and God, God.

He made us; we didn’t make him.

We’re his people, his well-tended sheep.

4 Enter with the password: “Thank you!”

Make yourselves at home, talking praise.

Thank him. Worship him.

5 For God is sheer beauty,

all-generous in love,

loyal always and ever.

- 1611 KJV was published

- 9 yr. Later Puritans broke away from the church of England’s persecution

- Pilgrims left England to worship freely

- Teaching their children to read from the Bible

- Dec 21 1620 - 102 people landed at Plymouth Rock after 65 day journey

- During the winter 51 died

- March 1621 Squanto arrived & taught the Pilgrims how to tap maple trees, plant corn with fish & ID good & poisonous plants

- William Bradford declared 3 days of Thanksgiving after a successful harvest

- Now they were responding to scripture

- 200 years later (1863) Abraham Lincoln set aside the last Thursday for thanksgiving

- David’s Problems - Reasons not to give thanks

- Forgotten by his family

- Lonely shepherd

- Lions & bears

- Three times Saul threw a javelin

- His best friend Jonathan leaves him on his own

- Saul took an army to find him

- David in the Achish (enemies) court

- Home destroyed Wives taken & His own men talked of stoning him

- Guilt of adultery & murder

- Denied the right to build the temple

- Amnon is murdered by Absalom

- Son Absalom takes the throne

- Absalom is killed by Abner

- Psalms 93-99 a continuous series that the Lord is King

- Celebrating with rejoicing & song

- Psalm 100 doxology

- A Psalm 100 Praise; or thanksgiving.

- This is the only psalm bearing this precise inscription.

Who God is - Worship

What God has done - Praise

What God has done for you - Thanksgiving

- Ps 100 is thought to be a Psalm of David

— His Psalms break out with a shout of Thanksgiving

• Thanksgiving like Love is not a holiday, It is a WAY of LIFE

Seven Commands to Praise

1. Make a joyful noise – Be Enthusiastic

2. Serve the Lord with gladness – Be In Celebration

3. Come before his presence with singing – Release the joy with song.

4. Know ye that the Lord, he is God – Be informed

5. Enter with Thanksgiving & praise – Demonstrate appreciation with thoughts, words & action

6. Be thankful unto him – Continually practice gratitude.

7. Bless his name – Honor Him with your life.

Seven Reasons for Praise.

1. v.3 - He is God.

2. v.3 - He made us

3. v.3 - We are his people; therefore, he is our God

4. v.3 - We are his sheep; therefore, he is our shepherd.

5. v. 5 - The Lord is Good.

6. v. 5 - His mercy is everlasting

7. v. 5 - His truth endures to all generations.

Thanksgiving is a time for:

1. Relationships v. 1

- Everybody come together

- Relationships form ideas

- Relationships develop values

- Relationships establish lifestyles

2. Rejoicing - v.2

- This is not over vegging out with football

- Note : Israel had 7 days of celebration

- Pilgrims took 3 days

- We have one day

- We who have the most spend the least amount of time ingiving thanks

3. Reflecting - v.3

Leviticus 23:41-43KJV

41 And ye shall keep it a feast unto the LORD seven days in the year. It shall be a statute for ever in your generations: ye shall celebrate it in the seventh month. 42 Ye shall dwell in booths seven days; all that are Israelites born shall dwell in booths: 43 That your generations may know that I made the children of Israel to dwell in booths, when I brought them out of the land of Egypt: I am the LORD your God.

- David Jeremiah - Turning Point

- Dale Carnegie Writes about an exercise to make sure that you never become a thankless person

- Take a sheet of paper

- Make a list of all the good things you have despite all the problems you have

- Then in your mind imagine each one of those things being taken from you

- Imagine what your life be without them

- When you fully realize the emptiness gradually give those things back to yourself one by one

- You will be surprise how much better you feel

- It is impossible to be thankful & negative at the same time

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