“I will praise the name of God with a song; I will magnify him with thanksgiving.” (Psalm 69:30)
‘Tis the season to be thankful! That is what Thanksgiving is all about. It really isn’t about the turkey, the dressing, the football, or the killer sales on Friday. It truly is about being thankful.
Thankfulness serves two purposes. First, it focuses our attention on God. All good things come from the LORD, and the LORD is deserving of our acknowledgement concerning all that HE does for us. In Revelation 7:12 we see the elders around the throne exclaim, “Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever.” Thanksgiving belongs to the LORD.
Thankfulness also serves as a weapon of spiritual warfare. Satan aims to claim for himself any glory that is due God. He distracts us with temptation, self pity, pride, and indulgence. He tries to prevent the praise of the LORD. But when you look heavenward and offer praise and thankfulness in the midst of trial, God is glorified and Satan is defeated. Satan fails when God’s people are thankful.
What if God’s people purposed in their hearts to be thankful, to start a revolution of thankfulness this season? What if we slowed down long enough to look up and bless the ONE who holds us in the palm of His hand? A thankfulness revolution is not an impossible task. It really can be quite simple. Challenge yourself to discipline your heart to thankfulness this week. When you feel the urge to complain or gossip in a conversation, state something you are thankful for instead. Listen to a song that expresses thanksgiving. Look up the words” thanks” and “thanksgiving” in the back of your Bible and study the scripture concerning it. Take time to pray and do not ask God for a thing; just spend time thanking Him. Use your Facebook status update to express things that you are thankful for; post a thanksgiving request instead of a prayer request. Twitter it, text it, and speak forth your praise. It would be amazing to fill heaven with the sounds of a grateful people and not a murmuring and backbiting generation. I believe it would bless our Father so very much.
In Hosea 13:6 the Lord said of His people, “When I fed them, they were satisfied; when they were satisfied, they became proud; then they forgot me.” Let this not be said of us around our tables this Thanksgiving. Be thankful. Start a revolution of praise!
Prayer: Father, Son and Holy Spirit, my heart pours forth gratitude, praise, honor and thankfulness for all that You are. Thank you for being wonderfully, perfectly You!
Suggested Reading: Psalm 100