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“Settled In Heaven’s 6th Anniversary”

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Psa 105:1-3 – “O give thanks unto the LORD; call upon his name: make known his deeds among the people.   Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him: talk ye of all his wondrous works.   Glory ye in his holy name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek the LORD.”

 

Today, April 28th, is the sixth anniversary of Settled In Heaven Ministries.  Over the past 6 years, the Lord has graciously allowed and enabled us to proclaim His Word through the SIH internet-based ministries.  To honor Him and thank Him for His gracious intervention in this ministry, I would like us to look at three short verses from Psalm 105:

 

(1)  O give thanks unto the LORD; call upon his name: make known his deeds among the people.

Two of the greatest ways we can show our appreciation TO OTHERS for all that the Lord has done for us is:

 

  1. “call upon his name” –

The phrase “to call upon” can refer to a few different ideas.  It can mean “to invite”, “to call for help” or “to proclaim publicly”.   Any of these three can flow from a heart of appreciation for the Lord.

Do we invite our Lord to use His spirit to control every aspect of our life?  Do we invite Him to come and use us as He sees fit?  These are ways for Christians to express our thanks for all He has done for us.

Do we look to our Lord in times of need?  Do we refuse to take the “easy way out” of problems, but instead, ask the Lord for grace to help us do what is pleasing and honorable to Him in any given situation?   If so, we are saying “Thank You” to the Lord for all He has done for us.

Do we unashamedly tell others about our Lord and who He is?  When the opportunity arises, are we willing to risk our relationship with a loved one or a friend to share with them their sinful condition, their inability to save themselves. and their desperate need of Christ?  When we do these things we are declaring our gratefulness to Him through self-sacrifice showing His love to others.

 

  1. “make known his deeds among the people”

The second way that we can show our appreciation for the Lord and all He has done for us is by telling others what He has done for us.  Not only His death on the cross for our sins, but the very personal things He has done for us during our lifetimes.  The times He intervened by grace and healed our bodies (or our broken hearts), the times He protected us during times of danger, and the times He accompanied us through the storms of life granting us peace and enablement.

All of these are important messages that others need to hear from us, as they face many of the same issues that He has already brought us through.  In doing so, we are declaring our thankfulness for the Lord and all He has done for us. 

 

(2)  Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him: talk ye of all his wondrous works

Four of the greatest ways we can show our appreciation TO OURSELVES for all that the Lord has done for us is:

 

  1. “Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him:”

Not only are we to rehearse His greatness to others, but also we should display our thankfulness to Him by telling Him what He has done for us.  In doing so, we are forcing ourselves to notice His acts of grace in our lives and humbles us  It reminds us of our shortcomings, inabilities, and our continual need of Him.

 

  1. “talk ye of all his wondrous works.”

As we pray, we can speak to Him from hearts of gratitude and need throughout the day, constantly reminding ourselves of all He has done for us.   By doing this, we are showing ourselves that we do recognize our indebtedness to Him and our need to constantly hold a spirit of gratefulness.

 

 

(3)  Glory ye in his holy name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek the LORD.

 

  1. “Glory ye in his holy name:”

We are to be encouraged and strengthened when we think of His holiness, his character, and the privilege we have been given to serve Him.  We are not to be motivated to serve Him for the praise of men, but simply to see our Lord be glorified and honored in us.

 

  1. “let the heart of them rejoice that seek the LORD.”

When we see ourselves seeking a closer relationship with the Lord, we know with certainty, our seeking is due to His intervention in our lives.   What a cause for rejoicing and appreciation on behalf of the people of God

 

 

SIH ministries is our feeble attempt to say “Thank You” to the Lord for all He has done for us throughout our lifetime.  As we look back at what has taken place over the years, all we can do is echo the words of King David who said…

“To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry.   He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings.   And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD.”   (Psa 40:1-3)

That is what has been; currently is; and, by God grace, will continue to be the desire of our hearts… to say thank you to the Lord for all He has done for us by declaring His greatness.  And through it all, to lead men to Christ for salvation and to place a greater reverence of the Lord in the hearts of His people.

 

Secondly I would just like to thank all of you who have so faithfully taken part in the ministries here at SIH…. Thanks to the followers, commenters, likers, visitors, readers, rebloggers and social site sharers.  Believe me, you all have been a great human encouragement as we have sought to faithfully post on a daily basis.

Thirdly, please be in prayer for the ministries here at SIH.  By God’s grace, over the years we have tried to be constantly adding to our ministries in an attempt to reach the most number of people with His Word.

 

To date, in addition to our internet homepage ( http://www.settledinheaven.org/ ), Settled In Heaven can be found on the following websites: 

WordPress (https://settledinheaven.wordpress.com/ )

YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/SettledInHeaven )

 

Also, you can follow SIH on the following social sites:

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GodInterest (http://godinterest.com/profile/136480 )

 

Lord willing, within the next year, SIH will be greatly expanding our ministries on: 

GodTube (http://www.godtube.com/settledinheaven/ )

LiveJournal (http://settledinheaven.livejournal.com/ )

 

 

May the Lord bless you for your faithfulness to Him and…

MAY THE LORD BLESS YOU AS YOU STUDY HIS WORD!

Thanksgiving Lessons and Devotionals From SIH Ministries…

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For other Bible Lessons on Thanksgiving please click on link:

A Christian’s Thanksgiving Day

Therefore, O God, We Thank Thee

Let The Redeemed Of The Lord Say So

The Three Great Benefits Of Thanksgiving  *NEW FOR 2014*

 

For Thanksgiving devotionals please click on links:

A Month of Thankfulness” 30 Part Devotional Series

“Remembering The Works Of God: The Feast Of Tabernacles” 12 Part Devotional Series

“The Three Great Benefits Of Thanksgiving”

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This Psalm, which is attributed to King David is a Psalm that was written during times of great affliction (Vs 1-12).  In this Psalm, we find David explains his situation to God (Vs 13-21) and then, asks for His intervention in the situation (Vs 22-29).

Then, in an act of faith, he begins thanking the Lord for His future intervention in the situation (Vs 30-36).  What great faith… To honor and give thanks to the Lord before He worked!

This Psalm gives us a wonderful example to follow during times of heartache in our lives.

However, we will not be looking at this entire Psalm in detail for this lesson.  Instead, the intent of this lesson is to look more closely at David’s time of faith in and thanksgiving to the Lord and the benefits accrued from it.

 

 

 

THE SCRIPTURES:

Psa 69:30-32 KJV

(30)  I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify him with thanksgiving.

(31)  This also shall please the LORD better than an ox or bullock that hath horns and hoofs.

(32)  The humble shall see this, and be glad: and your heart shall live that seek God.

 

THE STUDY:

(Verse 30)   David’s determination to honor the Lord with his thanksgiving:

I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify him with thanksgiving.”

 

In the midst of David’s trials, before he saw the intervening hand of God, we see him determined to honor the Lord and praise Him with thankfulness.

Before we begin to look at the benefits of giving thanks to the Lord, we need to understand the basic definition and some principles of concerning the giving thanks…

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  1. David’s definition of “thanksgiving”.

In this text, the Hebrew word that is translated “thanksgiving” is the word “towdah”.  This word helps is to understand the basic idea behind thanksgiving.

This word means “to extend the hand”.  This pictures for us the idea of handing over a gift to show our appreciation.   It involves not simply a verbal thank you, but it is a thankfulness that is backed up by our actions (normally some type of giving of ourselves motivated by appreciation).   In the OT a common way that thanksgiving was shown was through the handing over of an animal for a sacrifice of worship to Jehovah.

Folks, this is a very important point.  The type of thanksgiving that David had in mind when he penned this verse, was not a simple saying “thanks”, but it was a deeply sincere type of thanksgiving that would be shown by sacrificing for the one we appreciate.

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  1. David was compelled by the Holy Spirit to “praise” the Lord…

The idea of “praise” involves directing attention to the Lord.  It is like shining a spotlight on the Lord allowing those around us to clearly see Him and learn more about Him.

David was going to do this by singing songs that would clearly tell others of His greatness and all He had done, and would do, for David.

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  1. David desire was to “magnify” the Lord through Thanksgiving (through giving of himself )…

The idea of “magnify” involves making something greater or higher in other’s sight.  By David giving of himself for the Lord, others would see how great God is.  David’s acts of thanksgiving would “magnify” the Lord in others’ sight allowing them to see His value for their lives more clearly.

Now that we have learned about the meaning and motives that should lie behind our thanksgiving, let us now begin to see the benefits of the giving of thanks to our Lord for His person and His wonderful works on our behalf…

 

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(Verse 31)   Benefit Of Thanksgiving #1… It Pleases God

This also shall please the LORD better than an ox or bullock that hath horns and hoofs.”

Our verbal praising of the Lord (songs) and magnifying the Lord through our actions (thanksgiving) are more pleasing to our Lord than outward religious acts of piety and worship.

Religious acts of worship that are done out of routine and necessity are the acts of those who hypocritically serve the Lord.  However, our willful words of praise and acts of sacrifice motivated by appreciation are acceptable, and desirable, to God.   As a matter of fact, the word for “please” actually implies a type of pleasure or happiness.  In other words, these sincere acts of worship make our Lord happy.

One of the great benefits of the giving of thanks is that we are pleasing God with our lives.

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(Verse 32a) Benefit Of Thanksgiving #2… It Helps Others

“The humble shall see this, and be glad:”

Not only do our giving of thanks to God please Him, but they also are beneficial to others around us.

The greatest benefit comes to those who are humble.  This teaches us two truths:

 

  1. If “the humble” are referring to those who are lost, under the conviction of the Holy Spirit, recognizing they can do nothing to secure their own salvation…

The convicted lost can greatly benefit from our words and acts of thanksgiving because our thanks will point them to Christ, His love, grace and kindness, and His willingness to intervene and grant salvation to those who cannot save themselves.  As we tell others of His gracious workings in our lives, motivated by a spirit of thankfulness, we are telling others that our Lord can and does intervene in the lives of the helpless comforting them and meeting their every need.

Folks, think about it, every time the Lord intervenes in a seemingly  “impossible” situation in our life, it is an outward display of His ability to intervene in the life of a lost individual and do for them what they cannot do for themselves… deliver them from their sins and the punishment for sin that awaits them.

 

  1. If “the humble” are referring to those who are by faith submitting to the Lordship of Christ, then we are being told that our words and acts of thankfulness encourage the heart of believers. This takes place in two ways:

First of all, the saved are encouraged knowing that others are serving the Lord and honoring Him with their lives even in the face of great trials and testings.  In effect, we are telling them they are not alone.

Secondly, the saved are encouraged knowing that, if the Lord has (or will) intervene and meet our every need in the midst of the storms of life, there is no reason for them to doubt His intervention in their life as well.  As they see His blessings upon us, they recognize His ability to bless them as well.

Another of the great benefits of the giving of thanks is that we are helping those who are around us.

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(Verse 32b) Benefit Of Thanksgiving #3… It Revives Ourselves

“and your heart shall live that seek God.”

David now tells us that words and acts of thanksgiving to the Lord are beneficial to the thankful one…it revives the heart of the thankful… it encourages and strengthens them.

How is this so?  When we verbally, and actively, thank the Lord for His blessings, it reminds us of His love for us, what He has done for us in times past, and the blessings He has promised for us in the future.   It encourages our hearts knowing that He has been with us in times past and, therefore, there is no reason to expect Him to continue to accompany us along our life path whatever may come our way.

The last of the great benefits of the giving of thanks is strengthening and encouragement for the thankful one. 

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PRACTICAL APPLICATION/SUMMARY:

During this thanksgiving season when our attention is turned towards the Lord’s goodness and blessings He has shown to us May we all actively present our thanksgiving to Him, realizing we are not only pleasing God by encouraging those around us and strengthening ourselves in His joy.

May the Lord bless you as you seek His truth.

 

 

For other Bible Lessons on Thanksgiving please click on link:

A Christian’s Thanksgiving Day

Therefore, O God, We Thank Thee

Let The Redeemed Of The Lord Say So

 

For the 30 part series of Thanksgiving devotionals please click on link:

A Month of Thankfulness” 30 Part Devotional Series

 

 

 

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