Reason for Thanksgiving
Turkey, cranberries, dinner rolls, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, salad. Breathe. Dinner plates, napkins, silverware, glasses, AND centerpiece. THANKSGIVING! I love this holiday; food, family, and football. A set time to pause, consider and ponder what we are thankful for.
Thanksgiving. There are seasons it may be difficult to pull forward on the shelf of our life something to be thankful for. We may have lost a job, or a loved one. Or our bank account matches our emotional bucket of strength, ’empty’. Yet there IS something to be thankful for. You have a REASON for thanksgiving. The great Psalm of thanks opens with, “Give thanks to the LORD for He is good.” (Ps. 136) The Hebrew language renders a beautiful word picture, “Give thanks…” offers the idea of a reverent acknowledgment and of worship – with extended hands.
“His love endures forever.” The author found it needful to repeat this phrase 26 times throughout the rest of the Psalm. This word love (in Hebrew) is ‘hesed’. We know it biblically as mercy, goodness, loyalty and steadfast love and even … grace. What a pivotal word.
This mercy-filled (undeserved) love is enveloped in personal involvement and commitment to relationship. God is pleased when it is reciprocated “For I delight in loyalty (hesed) rather than sacrifice, and in the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings.” (Hosea 6:6) Our Lord desires faithful love and covenantal commitment. With this, His lovingkindness is precious (Ps. 36:7) marvelous (Ps. 17:7) undeserving (Ps. 103) abounding (Ps. 86:5) reviving (Ps.119:159) satisfying (Ps. 90:14) and everlasting (Ps. 103:17). THAT is our God! Thankful yet?
David’s well known and beloved Psalm 23 (verse 6) “Surely goodness and MERCY will follow me all the days of my life” (mercy is hesed) This ‘follow’ is not a mere tag along behind, but … PURSUIT. David knows the concept of pursuit. God’s unending – steadfast love full of mercy pursued David. He pursues us! He pursues YOU. He is unrelenting. Aren’t you GLAD He does not let go! Reason for thanksgiving indeed! “Give thanks to the Lord for He is good. His love endures forever.”
As we share around the table amongst the laughter and love, the blessings of health and family, may we too raise a hand “Oh give thanks to the LORD, for He is good, For His lovingkindness is everlasting. Let the redeemed of the LORD say so…” (Ps. 107:1-2a)
In Him, DeDe (“Let us consider how we may spur one another on towards love & good deeds.” – Hebrews 10:24)