“Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his court with praise:  be thankful unto him, and bless his name” (Psalm 100:4).

“Offer unto God thanksgiving, and pay thy vows unto the most High” (Psalm 50:14).

Apostle Paul learned how to be content in whatever state he found himself.  “…for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content” (Philippians 4:11), and he found himself in very unsatisfactory conditions many times!  But he never sat in the muck of self-pity in his less-than-desired state.  He kept on pressing “toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:14).  He didn’t change his aim because of circumstances.  His eyes were always on the goal, and that was enough to keep him thankful.  He knew what lay ahead and lived in that hope.

 " Behold, the eye of the Lord is upon them that fear him,, upon them that hope in his mercy" (Psalm 33:18).


There are over thirty-one and a half million seconds in a year; eighty-six thousand and four hundred of them in one day.  God is mindful of us every one of those seconds! We are never just an afterthought to Him.  How many of our seconds do we spend mindful of all our blessings as a child of God?  An hourglass holds just so many grains of sand.  How many grains are dedicated to acknowledging our Heavenly Father’s attention toward us and being thankful for our many blessings daily!


Every second of every day matters to God.  We need to let every second count by guarding our minds and thinking on things that are praise-worthy, giving thanks to God for all His benefits.

“What shall I render unto the Lord for all his benefits toward me?” (Psalm 116:12).


We need only to read the first thirteen verses of Deuteronomy 28 to discover the “benefits” toward us. 

“And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the Lord thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth:  And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God” (Deuteronomy 28:1, 2).  (Read the rest of the blessings in verses 3-13.)


Details are not wearisome to the Lord.  One source says this:  There are 66,420 yods (“jots”) in the Hebrew Scriptures, according to some commentators.  Jesus declares that not a single one of these will fall away without the fulfillment of all things (Matthew 5:18).  This should give us comfort and motivation.  If God is that concerned with the things most people would not even notice, then how much more is He concerned that we fulfill the destiny He has planned for our lives?  Should we not be just as concerned?

If our Lord is aware of all those “yods,” how much more is He aware of us?

“No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn.  This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is of me, saith the Lord” (Isaiah 54:17).


Are you feeling thankful yet? 

If not, observe the seconds as they tick by, and think, “God is totally aware of me every second.  Not for a single one of them does He forget me!”

“Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms” (Psalm 25:2).

“I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify him with thanksgiving” (Psalm 69:30).


During this Thanksgiving Holiday, tell those around you that you are thankful for them and give God praise as you count your blessings!


“Being enriched in every thing to all bountifulness, which causeth through us thanksgiving to God” (2 Corinthians 9:11).


Now that we have our personal thanksgiving in motion, let us turn our attention to corporate worship and thanksgiving.  When Jesus established His church, He meant for us to be His Body on earth.  Paul said that we being many were one body.  Every member of the body is essential and important to the head--Jesus, and to each other.

“But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him” (1 Corinthians 12:18).


He went on to say there should be no division in the body but that we should care for each other to the extent that we hurt when another member of the body has pain, and we rejoice when another one has been honored. (1 Corinthians 12:25, 26).  Together we give thanks for one another and to God who has miraculously formed us together.


With this nucleus, we form nations around the world, but we are all part of His Body.  Some might feel more loved or even less loved than other members of the Body, but God cares for us the same with His unconditional Love.  What God intended was for us to be one in Him, not splintered and fighting among ourselves.


Unfortunately, an enemy slipped into the camp and caused schisms, deceit and hatred.  We who are Christ’s Body have the healing balm to soothe the wounds of those who will allow it.  Jesus Himself took care of all arrangements to deliver the world from its downward trek.  Not everyone will accept the remedy; but for those who will, they too will become part of the Body of Christ for whom we can be thankful as we love one another.


There are great benefits for the nation that acknowledges that God rules supremely and uniquely.  Let us spend some time during this Thanksgiving holiday praying for nations to turn to the one God who can bring peace and security to our troubled world. Let us be thankful that we live in one that gives us freedom to worship as we choose and pray for leadership that will guard this freedom and acknowledge God as supreme ruler.

“Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD…” (Psalm 39:12)


Jesus is Lord!  No questions, no disputes, no other god; and those who refuse to serve Him now, one day will bow before Him.  Some will bow in adoration, worship and thanksgiving; others will bow to their condemnation because they rejected His Lordship.


“Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name; That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:9, 10, 11).


Give thanks to God for nations ‘whose God is the LORD’ and pray for those who do not know Him that their eyes will open, their hearts softened that they will join in the Thanksgiving Parade before our beneficent God.



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Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly implore His protection, aid and favors…

Now, therefore, I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next, to be devoted by the people of these states to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the Beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the people of this country, and for all the great and various favors which He has been pleased to confer upon us.

….George Washington, 1789


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