A Psalm for Thanksgiving
“Shout joyfully to the Lord, all the earth.
Serve the Lord with gladness;
Come before Him with joyful singing.
Know that the Lord Himself is God;
It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves;
We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.
Enter His gates with thanksgiving
And His courts with praise.
Give thanks to Him, bless His name.
For the Lord is good;
His loving kindness is everlasting
And His faithfulness to all generations.”
With Thanksgiving behind us and Advent approaching, it’s not always a joyous and thankful time for everyone. Sometimes life is going so horribly wrong that we can’t even begin to think of even one thing to be thankful for.
But this psalm reminds me of truth that I easily forget.
God is God and no one can compare to His greatness. He stands alone. The Father calls us His very own. We were made by Him and for Him. We are His sheep, dearly and wholly loved by Him. He reminds us of His goodness and faithfulness in our lives. And it doesn’t stop with us. It will continue through all generations.
Now, that is a reason to give thanks!
I can return to this truth regardless of what my circumstances are.
I can return to this truth in spite of what my emotions say.
I can return to this truth despite the voices of others shouting at me.
If this season finds you feeling alone, lonely, and heavyhearted, know the Lord is near. He is everything you need. He is everything you desire.
Serve with gladness!
Here is where the Father cultivates a heart of thankfulness in us even when we don’t feel thankful or think we have a reason to be thankful.
Where in your life are you struggling to be thankful?