Written By Amy
I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Our family has been in Texas visiting life-long friends of ours.
Yesterday we feasted on all the traditional dishes of the holiday, stuffing ourselves past comfortable, but enjoying every minute. After the last busy scuffle to set steaming dishes on the table (which Jodie beautifully set with her grandmother’s china), I approached my chair to take a seat. I took a brief second to view the overflowing dishes of turkey and gravy, creamed corn and green beans, soft, warm rolls and cranberry sauce. Around the table, in cheerful conversation, sat my family, whom I cherish, and good friends. I felt very thankful.
The idea of thankfulness is important to God. He reminds us to be thankful for him, in his scriptures.
David, in the book of Chronicles, actually assigned a job to some of the Levites to thank and praise the Lord before the ark of the covenant (Chronicles 16:4) . What if your sole role in life was to thank and praise the Lord? I can’t think of any modern-day job with that description, but…what if it became even a small part of our every day?
Here is what David asked of a few of the Levites in the book of Chronicles:
That day David first appointed Asaph and his associates to give praise to the Lord in this manner:
“Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done. Sing to him, sing praise to him; tell of all his wonderful acts. Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.
Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always.
Remember the wonders he has done, his miracles, and the judgements he pronounced.
For great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; he is to be feared above all gods.
Ascribe to the Lord, all you families of nations, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength. Ascribe to the Lord glory due his name.
Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad:
Let them say among the nations, “The Lord Reigns!”
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.”
1 Chronicles 16: 8-12, 25-29, 33
We are given some great tips for thankfulness in these scriptures:
1. Remember what God has done and tell people of his greatness
2. Look to the Lord to remember who he is, which stirs thankfulness in our hearts
3. Give the Lord the praise and glory due his name
May God bless our hearts and stir them toward daily thankfulness.