Can you believe that Thanksgiving is almost here? Yay! I love Thanksgiving and beginning on Monday I am going to rerun last yearâ€™s three-part series I did on Thanksgiving based off of a 2002 article I wrote. I’ll of course update it to reflect what has happened in the past year, but I think it is important to have a heart of thankfulness; actually it is required of us. God inhabits the praises of His people:
â€œBut You are holy, enthroned in the praises of Israel.â€ (Psalm 22:3)
As a holy people we are called upon to praise our God!
â€œOh, sing to the LORD a new song! Sing to the LORD, all the earth. Sing to the LORD, bless His name; proclaim the good news of His salvation from day to day. Declare His glory among the nations, His wonders among all peoples. For the LORD is great and greatly to be praised; He is to be feared above all gods. For all the gods of the peoples are idols, but the LORD made the heavens. Honor and majesty are before Him; strength and beauty are in His sanctuary. Give to the LORD, O families of the peoples, give to the LORD glory and strength. Give to the LORD the glory due His name; bring an offering, and come into His courts. Oh, worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness! Tremble before Him, all the earth.â€ (Psalm 96:1-9)
As I read that this morning I thought to myself, what a wonderful call to worship. What a tremendous way to gather His people as one and say, LORD you alone are worthy of our praise. You alone are in control of all that You have made and all that You have made will one day bow before You. My heart rejoices knowing that no matter what this world brings to me, I have a Holy Father enthroned in Heaven and a Savior sitting at His right hand.
Is that your heart cry?
When you look at the cross and the empty tomb and see the completed work of the Lord Jesus Christ, do you rejoice? Does it even matter to you? Is He even your Lord? Our old friend Matthew Henry, commenting on Psalm 96, instructs us:
â€œWhen Christ finished His work on earth, and was received into His glory in heaven, the church began to sing a new song unto Him, and to bless His name. His apostles and evangelists showed forth His salvation among the heathen, His wonders among all people. All the earth is here summoned to worship the Lord. We must worship Him in the beauty of holiness, as God in Christ, reconciling the world unto Himself. Glorious things are said of Him, both as motives to praise and matter of praise.â€
Do you say glorious things of Him? Do you tell your world about the salvation provided by Jesus Christ? Are you doing the work of an evangelist in the place God has you? Do you worship the Lord Jesus Christ in the beauty of holiness?
What is church like for you? Iâ€™m honestly curious about what church is like for all of you. Normally I write to share what God reveals to me, but I pray He has put a holy curiosity in me as I ask this question of all of you?
What is church like for you? Do you even go? If not, why not?
Is your Bible study time a duty to fulfill or the most important part of your worship time? Do you even have a Bible study time?
Is worship only music to you?
What is your prayer time like? Is it merely placing your petitions as His feet or do you say glorious things to Him? Do you even have a prayer time? Do you pray or plead?
Do you know His voice?
Beloved, my heart cries out to youâ€¦â€Who is your Jesus?!â€
To paraphrase an old Righteous Brothers song, â€œHave you lost that loving feeling?â€ Are you like the loveless church in Ephesus where Jesus tells them:
â€œI know your works, your labor, your patience, and that you cannot bear those who are evil. And you have tested those who say they are apostles and are not, and have found them liars; and you have persevered and have patience, and have labored for My nameâ€™s sake and have not become weary. Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its placeâ€”unless you repent.â€ (Revelation 2:2-5)
Is that you? Do you labor patiently and not bear evil? Do you test those who say they are apostles and find them to be liars? Do you labor for Jesus without weariness?
But more importantly, have you left your first love?
Can you say glorious thing about Him?
Beloved, my heart is wonderfully burdened for all of you and I will be praying in my spirit for each of you all through today and this weekend that as Thanksgiving approaches you will have many glorious things to say of Himâ€¦of Jesus.
First and foremost I pray you will be able to say He is your personal Lord and Savior.
I pray that if you are facing hard times right now that like Job you can say:
â€œThough He slay me, yet will I trust Him.â€ (Job 13:15a)
I pray if things are going splendidly for you that you remember to praise Him and not yourself.
I pray that you have a humble heart before Him always. I pray that for myself daily.
Beloved, I simply wish you Jesus.
Have a very blessed and thankful weekend and please remember to go to church on Sunday.
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