There have been posts on Facebook that have caught my attention. They are a daily account of what people are thankful for. It is a great exercise in making the participants think of what brings them joy and happiness. It serves its purpose, but it requires nothing more than some mental energy and a few keystrokes on a keyboard. Giving God thanks requires sacrifice.
I will offer to thee the sacrifice of thanksgiving, and will call upon the name of the LORD. Psalms 116:17
If we are to give God thanks, it requires more than a few words and a smile. Giving God thanks requires effort from us.
Lift up your hands in the sanctuary, and bless the LORD. Psalms 134:2
O clap your hands, all ye people; shout unto God with the voice of triumph. Psalms 47:1
Sing unto the LORD with thanksgiving; sing praise upon the harp unto our God: Psalms 147:7
It takes us out of our comfort zone of our human nature and into the presence of God. Thanksgiving opens the door to the throne room of God that allows us to bless God.
1 Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands.
2 Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing.
3 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.
4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
5 For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.
As we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving, let us be sure that we remember that our purpose for our family gatherings is more than food and football, but a sacrifice of ourselves because God is good.