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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

Saying Thanks Just Isn’t Enough  *NEW FOR 2015*

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

Leviticus 23:35 – “A Holy Convocation”

(2015 SIH Thanksgiving 12-Part Devotional Series)

 

INTRODUCTION TO OUR SERIES:

Leviticus 23:33-44 gives us a condensed version of God’s instructions about the Jewish “Feast of Booths” (also referred to as “The Feast Of Tabernacles”). This wonderful Jewish feast will be the subject for this Thanksgiving devotional series.

You might be wondering why this feast is a good subject for a Thanksgiving series. It is because the two main goals of this feast are the exact same goals that every Christian should strive to attain during their Thanksgiving Day celebration…

1. To cause a remembrance of the Lord’s gracious workings.

2. To develop an attitude of appreciation in these workings.

By our Lord’s grace, during the course of this study our hearts will be pointed towards accomplishing both of these goals during this Thanksgiving holiday series.

 

(Please note: If you are interested in a fuller study of this feast, refer to Numbers 29:12-38 for more details. For this devotional series, due to its length, we will only be looking at the shorter text on this subject found in Leviticus 23:33-44)

 

TODAY’S TEXT:

Leviticus 23:35 (KJV) – “On the first day [shall be] an holy convocation: ye shall do no servile work [therein].”

 

Leviticus 23:35 (ESV) – “On the first day shall be a holy convocation; you shall not do any ordinary work.”

 

 

 

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

 

“On the first day [shall be] an holy convocation:

 

The Feast of Tabernacles was a seven day feast (vs 34). On the first day of the feast observance, the Jews were to hold a “holy convocation” or a “sanctified assembly”. In other words, they were to come together and hold an assembly that is set apart for the use of their Lord.

What a wonderful way to start this period of remembrance, appreciation and service. They were to meet together with the Lord’s people rejoicing as we remember the wonderful workings of the Lord in their nation, families and individual lives.

Psalms 42:4 KJV – “When I remember these things, I pour out my soul in me: for I had gone with the multitude, I went with them to the house of God, with the voice of joy and praise, with a multitude that kept holyday.”

 

 

 

ye shall do no servile work [therein].”

 

On the first day of this celebration, they were to dedicate the entire day to the Lord and remembering His blessings upon them. They were to do no manual labor or personal pursuits on that day, which allows for all of their attention to be placed upon the Lord and His past acts of goodness to them.

Psalms 105:1-6 KJV – “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. Seek the LORD, and his strength: seek his face evermore. Remember his marvellous works that he hath done; his wonders, and the judgments of his mouth; O ye seed of Abraham his servant, ye children of Jacob his chosen.”

PRACTICAL APPLICATION:

Folks in our devotional text this morning we can learn two very important truths….

First, our Thanksgiving time of appreciation for the works of the Lord should not simple be a personal experience that changes us within. It should be an experience that affects the lives of others in at least two ways…

1. As the Lord develops an appreciative heart within us, we are to tell others of His wondrous works that He has done for us. Share with others the blessings of the Lord!

2. Also we should help others to recall His blessings as well. Share with them how you have seen the Lord bless in their life. Many times, Satan can blind us to the blessings of God in our own lives, perhaps we see a blessing in the lives of those around us that have never recognized as a blessing prior to our revealing it to them.

Secondly, taking time to remember the Lord’s many benefits is a very important task that requires, and deserves, all of our attention. Certainly, there are many times that we get bogged down with the concerns of this world and need to take care of the issues of this physical life.

However, we should always be willing to find some time to stop and reflect upon the Lord’s grace displayed in our lives.

May we all take time during this season to place our attention solely on the Lord and remember all His gracious works he has done for us throughout our lives and then share these blessings with others and help them to recognize His blessings in their lives as well!

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The Jewish Feast Of Tabernacles And The Thanksgiving Holiday Season…. A Time To Remember All The Lord Has Done For Us!

SIH HALTAL ICONLeviticus 23:34 (KJV) – “Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, The fifteenth day of this seventh month [shall be] the feast of tabernacles [for] seven days unto the LORD.”

 

For the SIH devotional on this subject:

http://wp.me/pU88A-4lR

Leviticus 23:34 – “The Feast Of Tabernacles (Booths)”

 

(2015 SIH Thanksgiving 12-Part Devotional Series)

 

 

INTRODUCTION TO OUR SERIES:

Leviticus 23:33-44 gives us a condensed version of God’s instructions about the Jewish “Feast of Booths” (also referred to as “The Feast Of Tabernacles”). This wonderful Jewish feast will be the subject for this Thanksgiving devotional series.

You might be wondering why this feast is a good subject for a Thanksgiving series. It is because the two main goals of this feast are the exact same goals that every Christian should strive to attain during their Thanksgiving Day celebration…

1. To cause a remembrance of the Lord’s gracious workings.

2. To develop an attitude of appreciation in these workings.

By our Lord’s grace, during the course of this study our hearts will be pointed towards accomplishing both of these goals during this Thanksgiving holiday series.

 

(Please note: If you are interested in a fuller study of this feast, refer to Numbers 29:12-38 for more details. For this devotional series, due to its length, we will only be looking at the shorter text on this subject found in Leviticus 23:33-44)

 

TODAY’S TEXT:

Leviticus 23:34 (KJV) – “Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, The fifteenth day of this seventh month [shall be] the feast of tabernacles [for] seven days unto the LORD.”

 

Leviticus 23:34 (ESV) – “Speak to the people of Israel, saying, On the fifteenth day of this seventh month and for seven days is the Feast of Booths to the LORD.”

 

 

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

 

Speak unto the children of Israel, saying,

As the Lord delivered His Word to Moses, He directed Moses to share this information with all the physical nation of Israel. This feast only applied to them, as it only referred to a series of past events that their nation had experienced.

This feast was created for them to remember a specific event from their history, recognize it as a blessing from their Lord, and appreciate Him for performing it on their behalf.

The fifteenth day of this seventh month [shall be]

This feast was to begin to be observed on the 15th day of the seventh month (the month of Tishri on the Jewish calendar…. This equates to the end of Sept – beginning of Oct on our calendar). This takes place 5 days after the Day of Atonement which follows the end of the harvest season.

 

 

the feast of tabernacles

 

This feast is called “the Feast of Tabernacles” in the Bible. This title simply means “the Feast of Booths” or “the Feast of Cottages”. This is because during this feast the Jews were to make, and live in booths made of branches…

Nehemiah 8:14 KJV – “And they found written in the law which the LORD had commanded by Moses, that the children of Israel should dwell in booths in the feast of the seventh month:”

 

The title of this feast, and the specifics of its observance, reminded the Israelites of one of the most miraculous event that took place in the history of their nation… the wilderness wanderings when the Jews dwelled in booths as they traveled from Egypt to the Promised Land…

Leviticus 23:43 KJV – “That your generations may know that I made the children of Israel to dwell in booths, when I brought them out of the land of Egypt: I am the LORD your God.”

The remembrance and appreciation of this event was the purpose behind the observance of “the Feast of Tabernacles”. Every time the people observed this feast, it would bring back to their mind three basic miracles that were performed on behalf of the Israelites…

1. Their deliverance and liberation from the Egyptian bondage (the miracle beginning of their wilderness wanderings)

2. Their protection and sustenance during the wilderness wanderings (the miracles during their wilderness wanderings)

3. Their entrance into the Promised Land (the miracle that brought their wilderness wanderings to an end)

 

 

 

[for] seven days unto the LORD.”

This feast was to last one full week and was to be done “unto the Lord”. In other words, it was to be dedicated to the Lord’s glory and honor, and was to be done with His supervision, authority and approval.

PRACTICAL APPLICATION:

Folks, how many times has the Lord worked great blessings into our lives, only to be slowly forgotten over the years?

By giving us a record of the Jewish “Feast of Tabernacles” we are given a Scriptural reminder of the need for each one of us to periodically stop and recall His wondrous workings on our behalf that we have experienced throughout our life on earth.

Folks, the ideal time for us to stop and remember His blessings is during the Thanksgiving holiday season. Although it may be a busy time for all of us, we should always take the time to stop and remember all He has done for us in our personal lives, families, churches and nation. Then we are to allow these acts to enter our hearts and stir within us an attitude of appreciation and acts that praise and honor Him for all He has done.

Following this, we are to share accounts of His blessings with those around us, reminding them of His great grace in their lives.

By doing this, we are making this time of year truly a Thanksgiving experience for us all.

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The Word Is Handed Down From Our Lord…. Are We Listening?

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Leviticus 23:33 (KJV) –  “And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,”

 

 

For the SIH devotional on this subject:

http://wp.me/pU88A-4lN

Leviticus 23:33 – “And The Lord Spake”

(2015 SIH Thanksgiving 12-Part Devotional Series)

INTRODUCTION TO OUR SERIES:

Leviticus 23:33-44 gives us a condensed version of God’s instructions about the Jewish “Feast of Booths” (also referred to as “The Feast Of Tabernacles”). This wonderful Jewish feast will be the subject for this Thanksgiving devotional series.

You might be wondering why this feast is a good subject for a Thanksgiving series. It is because the two main goals of this feast are the exact same goals that every Christian should strive to attain during their Thanksgiving Day celebration…

1. To cause a remembrance of the Lord’s gracious workings.

2. To develop an attitude of appreciation in these workings.

By our Lord’s grace, during the course of this study our hearts will be pointed towards accomplishing both of these goals during this Thanksgiving holiday series.

(Please note: If you are interested in a fuller study of this feast, refer to Numbers 29:12-38 for more details. For this devotional series, due to its length, we will only be looking at the shorter text on this subject found in Leviticus 23:33-44)

TODAY’S TEXT:

Leviticus 23:33 (KJV) – “And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,”

Leviticus 23:33 (ESV) – “And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,”

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

In this beginning devotional, we have the source of this feast being clearly revealed to us…

“And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,”

The LORD (Jehovah God) was the originator of this feast. All of the instructions for this feast were given directly from God to His prophet Moses, to be handed to the physical Jewish people.

Throughout their history, several times, the Jews were told to remember and appreciate all that the Lord had done on their behalf….

1. Prior to the Jews entrance into the promised land, in Deuteronomy 8:, the Lord commands the Israelites to remember their deliverance from Egyptian captivity and the Lord’s care given to them throughout the wilderness wanderings. This was to be done to encourage and strengthen their hearts as they warred against the many nations that inhabited the promised land. This is the very time frame of which the Lord sought to remind the Jews when He handed down the observance of the Feast of Booths to them.

2. This same event is what is being referred to when Asaph said, in Psalm 77:11, “I will remember the works of the LORD: surely I will remember thy wonders of old.”

3. And also this same event was included by David when he said in Psalm 105:5 “Remember his marvellous works that he hath done; his wonders, and the judgments of his mouth”

Many references to similar instructions given to the Israelites can be found throughout the Old Testament scriptures.

Truly, the Feast of Booths, was given by the Lord and was meant to call to remembrance the Jewish deliverance from Egyptian captivity and the gracious watch care the Jews experienced during their wanderings in the wilderness. These blessings, and many others, are to be remembered and appreciated by the Jewish people throughout time.

PRACTICAL APPLICATION:

The Lord gives us, as Christians, similar instructions concerning remembering and appreciating all that He has done for us.

1. Delivering us from the bondage of sin.

Ephesians 2:10-13 KJV – “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands; That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world: But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.”

2. And graciously watching over us, caring for our every need.

Psalms 103:1-5 KJV – “A Psalm of David. Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies; Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s.”

May we all take time this holiday season to stop and carefully consider the wonderful works that the Lord has performed on our behalf. And then, like David, seek to thank the Lord for all He has done by actively giving of our lives for Him …

Psalms 116:12 KJV – “What shall I render unto the LORD for all his benefits toward me?”

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Thanksgiving 2015 : “Saying Thanks Just Isn’t Enough”

(Thanksgiving Devotional 2015) 

SIH STSTA ICONIt is commonly believed that the first Thanksgiving celebration took place in 1621.  This feast was attended by both Pilgrims and Indians who joined together to thank God for their bountiful harvest of the previous year.  This celebration was continued by the first American colonies, and later by the United States, as a time of thanksgiving for the blessings that God had bestowed upon the American people.

The official Thanksgiving Day holiday was started in 1863 when Abraham Lincoln, at the end of the Civil War, asked Americans to set aside the last Thursday of November as a day of thanksgiving to God for the blessings He had shown to America (one of which was an end to the Civil War).

In 1939 FDR moved the holiday to the prior week.  He did this to help businesses by giving them a longer holiday shopping period.  Finally, in 1941 the fourth Thursday in November was declared by Congress to be the official holiday of Thanksgiving.

Please see:  http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/presidential-proclamation-thanksgiving-day

 

Clearly, the Thanksgiving holiday began, and was continued, as a time to publically give thanks to God for the blessings He has bestowed upon our country and its individual citizens.

Even our government understood that simply talking about being thankful for what the Lord has done for us was not enough.  The Thanksgiving celebration is the way that our government has decided to allow its citizens to actively thank the Lord for His many blessings.  They did this by taking legislative action and declaring Thanksgiving a national holiday that gives time for all our citizens to stop, reflect upon the Lord’s blessings in their nation, families and personal life and then celebrating these wonderful blessings.

Sadly, some Christians believe that the verbal giving of thanks to the Lord is an adequate way to show their thanks to Him; but what does the Bible say?….

 

 

THE SCRIPTURE:

For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.”

 

 

THE STUDY:

In the Word of God, the Apostle Paul has a lot to say about the outward manifestation of a Christian’s thankfulness for all that their Lord has done for them.  One of these texts is found in Romans 11:36 – 12:1.  This will be our text for this devotional time…

 

First, Paul explains the basis of our need to proper appreciate all the Lord has done for His people… 

“For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.

 

“For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things:

of Him – all things, people and events in life come from Him.

through Him  – all things, people and events in life are sustained by Him.

to Him – all things, people, and events in life are used by Him for His glory and our benefit.

 

He is the Creator of all, He is the Sustainer of all, He is the One that controls all…

Colossians 1:14-17 KJV – “In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:

Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:  For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:  And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.” 

All of our friends, loved ones and acquaintances; all of the precious events that take place in our life; and all of the blessings that we have received, including our physical life, talents, abilities and, most importantly, our spiritual life…. They all find their origin in Christ. 

Put very simply… the Lord is our All in All.  Without the Lord we could do absolutely nothing,  we would have no family or friends; no talents; no abilities; no physical life; and most importantly, no salvation.

 

“to whom be glory for ever. Amen.”

Because of this, He is to be glorified and honored throughout our lifetimes…

 

Secondly, Paul explains our need to live lives that clearly displays our thankfulness by our actions…

“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.”

 

I beseech you therefore, brethren,

“beseech” – to urgently encourage

Paul now speaks to us with urgent words of encouragement for us to actively show our appreciation to Christ in our lives.  Not only is our words of thanks important, but also our lives should display our thankfulness as well.

 

by the mercies of God,

Living lives that display our thankfulness to Christ can only be done through the merciful intervention and enabling of Christ.

1 Peter 2:10-12 KJV – “Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.  Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul;  Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation.”

 

that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice,

How can we show our thanks to Christ for all He has done for us?  By giving of ourselves for the cause of Christ.  We can do this by taking advantage of every opportunity that is opened to us to turn over our bodies (by bearing Spiritual fruits through our talents, intellect, speech, and actions) to Christ for His use.

Whenever we do this, motivated by a heart-felt appreciation of all He has done for us, we are displaying our thankfulness to Christ to the lost and saved who are around us.

 

holy,

When we live our lives as a living sacrifice for Christ, we are surrendering the lusts of our flesh to the will of Jesus Christ.

In doing so, we will find ourselves living lives that are separated FROM sin and the sins of this world and, at the same time, our lives will be lived TO fulfill Christ’s will.  This is what it means to live a holy life for Christ.

 

acceptable unto God,

Being a living sacrifice is making a sacrifice that is pleasing to our God. After all this is one of God’s great purposes in saving us from our sins…

Ephesians 2:8-10 KJV – “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:  Not of works, lest any man should boast.  For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”

 

 

which is your reasonable service.”

When we recognize, consider, and appreciate all that our Lord has done for us… in humbling Himself as a man; coming to a sinful earth; being mocked, ridiculed, and scorned;  being falsely accused and tried;  and finally, dying on the cross for us…. it is only reasonable that we would give our entire lives to Him.

Philippians 2:5-10 KJV – “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:  Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:  But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:  And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.  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;”

 

PRACTICAL APPLICATION:

During this Thanksgiving holiday celebration, the desire of our heart should be to come to… a greater recognition of the Lord’s many blessings in our lives; a greater appreciation of His love and grace that He has shown to us; a greater desire to submit to His desires; and finally, put our thankfulness in action by serving Him in greater ways.

When we consider all that He has done for us, may the Lord put a new song of praise in each of our mouths and actions, as we share the wonders of His grace with others and be the source of truth to those who so desperately need Christ…

Psalms 40:1-3 KJV – “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.”

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Christmas Themed Lessons and Devotionals

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Bible Lessons / Small Group Studies: 

Miscellaneous Subjects Concerning Christmas:

Christ Or Santa Claus? Man Am I Confused!

Should Christians Participate In The Christmas Celebration?

Tis The Season To Deny The Existence Of God

“Bethlehem” *New For 2014*

The Christmas Story:

The Christmas Story In Matthew Part #1

The Christmas Story In Matthew Part #2

The Christmas Story In Luke Part #1

The Christmas Story In Luke Part #2

The Christmas Story In Luke Part #3

The Christmas Story In Luke Part #4

The Christmas Story In Chronological Order

Devotionals:

Think On These Things Devotional Luke 2:10-11 Part #1

Think On These Things Devotional Luke 2:10-11 Part #2

Happy Thanksgiving From SIH Ministries!

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Have a Blessed Thanksgiving Day To All Our Followers and Visitors To SIH Ministries…

 

 Be Blessed, Safe, And Loved On This Day That Is Set Aside To Meditate On The Lord And His Goodness To Us!

You Have Been, And Continue To Be, A Source Of Great Encouragement To Us!

 

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

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

A Month of Thankfulness” 30 Part Devotional Series

“The Three Great Benefits Of Thanksgiving”

SIH STSTA ICON(Thanksgiving Devotional 2014)

 

 

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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Thanksgiving Devotional Lessons (Click On Link):
A Christian’s Thanksgiving Day
Therefore, O God, We Thank Thee
“A Month of Thankfulness” 30 Part Devotional Series (Day 1)

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A Thanksgiving Day Devotion

SIH STSTA ICONIt is commonly believed that the first Thanksgiving celebration took place in 1621.  This feast was attended by both Pilgrims and Indians who joined together to thank God for their bountiful harvest of the previous year.  This celebration was continued by the first American colonies, and later by the United States, as a time of thanksgiving for the blessings that God had bestowed upon the American people.

The official Thanksgiving Day holiday was started in 1863 when Abraham Lincoln, at the end of the Civil War, asked Americans to set aside the last Thursday of November as a day of thanksgiving to God for the blessings He had shown to America (one of which was an end to the Civil War).

In 1939 FDR moved the holiday to the prior week.  He did this to help businesses by giving them a longer holiday shopping period.  Finally, in 1941 the fourth Thursday in November was declared by Congress to be the official holiday of Thanksgiving.

http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/presidential-proclamation-thanksgiving-day

Clearly, the Thanksgiving holiday began, and was continued, as a time to give thanks to God for the blessings He has bestowed upon our country and its individual citizens.  Most presidents in their Thanksgiving Day proclamation clearly declare that the day is set aside to give thanks to God for the blessings He has given to us. One example of this is George Bush’s Thanksgiving Day proclamation of 1990…

“Now, therefore, I, George Bush, president of the United States of America, do hereby call upon the American people to observe Thursday, November 22, 1990, as a National Day of Thanksgiving and to gather together in homes and places of worship on that day of thanks to affirm by their prayers and their gratitude the many blessings God has bestowed upon us.”

http://homeschooling.about.com/cs/unitssubjhol/a/thanksday_2.htm

There can be no doubt, historically, Thanksgiving is a day set aside for giving thanks to God Almighty for His many blessings He has given to us.  As this Thanksgiving Day approaches let us be sure to verbally explain to the younger generations the wonderful history behind the celebration.  Also, let us be sure that we all have a true thankful attitude towards our God for all His manifold gifts of grace He has given to each of us.

Did you know that everyday should be Thanksgiving for the Christian?

“In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. “ (1Th 5:18)

Let’s see what the Bible says about “The Christian’s Thanksgiving Day”…

THE SCRIPTURE:

Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations. (Psa 100:3-5)

THE STUDY:

In our text we find three basic questions about Thanksgiving answered:

Question #1 – Who are we to thank? – vs 3

“Know ye that the LORD he is God:”

  1. Our God is specifically identified as “LORD” which is the Hebrew word “Jehovah”.  This word teaches us that our God is “the self existent, eternal One”.    In other words, He is the One true God.  There are many false gods in this world; but, He is the only God that truly exists eternally.  (Psa 83:18, 1 Tim 1:17)

 “it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves;”

  1. Our God is identified as our Creator.  He is the One to whom we owe our existence.  We owe our physical life to Him.  But we also possess our spiritual life because of Him. (Acts 17:28, John 17:1-4)

“we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.”

  1. Our God is identified as our Leader and Shepherd. Here, the word for “people” is describing a tribe or a nation.  In other words, we are a part of the tribe or nation that He is leading.  Another way of putting it is we are like sheep that are cared for by a Shepherd.   He leads us, feeds us, and protects us throughout our life’s journey.  (John 10:25-30)

Question #2 – How should we thank Him? – vs 4

“Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise:”

  1. We should verbally thank and praise Him.  To “thank” here is a word related to a choir of worshippers singing of His works.  To “praise” means to sing hymns exalting Him.  In other words, we are to verbally tell other people what He has done for us and, in doing so, place Him above all other people and gods of this world.  (1 Chr 16:8 )

“be thankful unto him,”

  1. Here we find our inward attitude is important as well.  Not only are we to verbally be thankful but we are to have a thankful spirit within us as well.  The word here for “thankful” speaks of extending the hand… much like an infant in need of their parent will hold up their hands asking to be picked up and taken care of.  We should always have an infant’s attitude recognizing our constant need of His care for us.  Truly without Him we can do nothing! (John 15:4-6, Acts 5:38-39)

“and bless his name.”

  1. To “bless” means to kneel down.  This speaks of our need to recognize His greatness and our need to be humble in His presence.  We bring ourselves to a point of submission and total reliance on Him when we sincerely say… “Not my will but thine be done” in all areas of our lives. (Luke 22:41-42)   This is the true submissive spirit of a thankful heart doing all in the name of Christ.  (Col 3:15-17)

Question #3 –  Why should we thank Him? – vs 5

“For the LORD is good;”

  1.  Why do we thank Him… Because He is a “good” Lord.  In other words, He is a God that does bountiful, beneficial works on our behalf.  He is a gracious God, working on our behalf even though we do not deserve His blessings. (Neh 9:17, Joel 2:13, 2 Cor 4:12-15)

” his mercy is everlasting;”

  1.  We thank Him because He is eternally merciful to us.  He shows us “mercy” when He withholds harm from us even though we justly deserve that harm to come upon us.  The greatest example of His mercy is an eternity in the Lake of Fire.  Even though we deserve an eternity in hell, He withholds it from those whom He has forgiven.  This is truly an act of His great everlasting mercy.  For this He deserves a lifetime of our thanks. (Psa 103:8-11)

“and his truth endureth to all generations.”

  1. Finally, we are told we should be thankful for His Word that He has given to us.  It is this timeless Word that holds the message of salvation, the keys to successful living on earth, and great promises of our eternity with Him.  Without His Word, we would all be destined for a life of spiritual failure as well as an eternity in hell. (Psa 119:105, Prov 6:23, Phil 2:14-17)

THE PRACTICAL APPLICATION

For the Christian….

As we take time to celebrate the Thanksgiving season, let’s remember to take a time out and specifically thank the Lord for all of His many blessings He has given to us.   Let’s tell others about what He has done for us.

“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.”(1Ch 16:8-9)

For those who have never trusted in Christ…

Take time out to read the Lord’s Word and see what He did by sending His Son to die on the cross and pay the price for the sins of His people. (Titus 3:4-7, Roms 5:8-11, 2 Cor 5:19-21, 1 Jhn 4:9-10).  After doing all of this for His people, surely we can do what He asks of us.

What is His desire for our life? We are to turn from our sins and our false beliefs and rely on the message of the gospel to show us the truth about the way of salvation….

“And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.”(Mar 1:15)

After turning to Christ and trusting in His work to save us from our sins, we can join with other true believers and say…  “Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift.” (2Co 9:15)

You may also like the SIH 2012 Thanksgiving Devotion: http://wp.me/pU88A-1t8

Also SIH is celebrating Thanksgiving the entire month of November 2012 with a series of much shorter daily devotions the series begins here: http://wp.me/pU88A-1rR

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