I’ve been thinking a good deal about Thanksgiving, and how I celebrate the day. I remember as a boy learning about the Pilgrims and the Indians; tracing my hand on construction paper to form a turkey; helping my mom make pumpkin pies; and smelling the turkey as it baked in the oven. Usually, the day was filled with cousins and neighbors. We’d ride bikes or throw around the football. My dad would pick at the turkey and my mom would chase him out of the kitchen.
As an adult, my Thanksgiving aren’t much different. Even though my kids are grown, there is still activity in our home – and yes, I pick at Connie’s turkey as well. Who can resist?
But what is Thanksgiving, really?
Psalm 100 reads:
Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.
2 Worship the Lord with gladness;
come before Him with joyful songs.
3 Know that the Lord is God.
It is He who made us, and we are His;
we are His people, the sheep of His pasture.
4 Enter His gates with thanksgiving
and His courts with praise;
give thanks to Him and praise His name.
5 For the Lord is good and His love endures forever;
His faithfulness continues through all generations.
For the Lord is good… what a reason to rejoice! What a reason to celebrate! What a reason to shout praises to His name!
This Thanksgiving, I want to focus on Psalm 100. I plan to prepare a devotional for my family, whoever may be there. I want to encourage you to as well.
Know that the Lord is God…when it comes down to it, the message is simple, He is God and He is good. I am thankful that He is my God and He wants what is good for me.