“It is Good to Give Thanks”
“It is good to give thanks to the Lord and to sing praises to your name, O Most High” Ps 92:1
In a Peanuts cartoon sketch Snoopy is getting dog food for his Thanksgiving Day dinner, and he is quite aware that everyone else in the family is inside sitting at a big table enjoying turkey and all the fixings. He meditates and talks to himself: “How about that? Everyone is eating turkey today, but just because I’m a dog I get dog food.” He trots away and positions himself on top of his doghouse and concludes: Of course, it could have been worse, I could have been born a turkey.”
Thank you Snoopy for a reminder about the greatness of Thanksgiving. Tucked away in the latter portions of the Psalms is a song that states “It is good to give thanks to the Lord.” Think about that for a moment…why is it good to give thanks? You and I have a lot of possible answers for that questions. The Psalmist includes a few thoughts of his own: His lovingkindness, His faithfulness, the amazing things that he has made that surround us every day, the deepness of God’s thoughts (thoughts about creation, relationship with people, plan of redemption, etc), He is on high forever (a sure place of sovereign authority and rule), He makes the righteous to flourish (I like that concept…to have more than enough to live out my days), that He is a rock (a place of strength and security), and that there is not a single molecule of unrighteousness in Him (I stretch the Psalmists word for “no” to stress his point).
Look at the list again. It is very impressive to reflect on the greatness of God’s character and works, both around us and in us. In that context, it is abundantly good to give thanks to Him. It is good for the mind to consider his ways; it is good for the emotions to experience the joy associated with His activity; it is good for the soul to rest in the certainty of presence in every endeavor that I find my feet treading. It is good for my family to know of His provision in our lives. It is good for the congregation to recognize His leadership in our fellowship. It is good for our community since He will take personal responsibility to heal and to restore. It is just plain ol’ good to give thanks to Lord and to sing praises to His name, O most High!
I realize that the month of November is set apart to reflect on all the things that we are thankful for (and that is good for us to do). It should also inspire us to take up the call of thankfulness as a regular part of our journey of faith. That one of the key markers of our day to day activity is to give thanks to the Lord. What are you thankful for right now? How do you express your gratitude to the Lord? Who have you included in your songs of praise? Are you glad by what He has done and is currently doing in you? Be thankful that you are not a turkey, not just literally, but in the metaphorical sense our culture uses the term. I expect to hear from you what you are grateful for. In the meantime, enjoy the feast of his presence as you gratefully share with Him!
Blessing on the Journey,