Thanksgiving to Who??

Psalm 100 is such an amazing song and so very appropriate for this time of year, but one thing stood out to me as I read it again recently; the Psalm is not about merely giving thanks, it’s about giving thanks to our Creator, the one whose grace is far greater than any man could ever imagine. Notice how God is the center-piece in this beautiful tapestry…

(1) Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth! (2) Serve the LORD with gladness! Come into his presence with singing! (3)Know that the LORD, he is God! It is he who made us, and we are his;[a] we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. (4) Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name! (5) For the LORD is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.
(ESV)

I am saddened when I think of how general and pointless my thanksgiving has been at times. Upon reading Psalm 100 it’s clear that our thanksgiving should be directed to one in particular; that being the sovereign, gracious God! Cornelius Plantinga Jr. was unerringly correct when he said,

 “It must be an odd feeling to be thankful to nobody in particular. Christians in public institutions often see this odd thing happening on Thanksgiving Day. Everyone in the institution seems to be thankful “in general.” It is very strange. It’s a little like being married in general.”

Of course, we are not, nor can we be “married in general”; that perverts the meaning and purpose of marriage entirely, as does giving thanks in general on Thanksgiving Day! So while I am so “thankful” to have a day set aside for giving thanks, may I direct all my thanks and gratitude to the only deserving One whose faithfulness endures through all generations!

Happy Thanksgiving!

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