November is a month that reminds us of the importance of being thankful, especially in America. However, the Bible is also a great source of reminders of the importance of thanksgiving. The word thanksgiving is mentioned 28 times in the KJV Bible. Other words similar to the word thanksgiving are scattered throughout the Bible. One of my favorites is the 100th Psalms.
Psalm 100:1-5 (KJV)
Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands. Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing. 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. Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.
When our forefathers arrived on this continent, they felt that at the end of the harvest season it was important to celebrate their survival. While planning for that event, they knew they owed a lot to the Native Americans who had assisted them. The tribes near their settlement taught them how to stalk and hunt cagey animals such as wild turkey and deer. They taught them to use fish as fertilizer when they planted their crops.
One way that we show thanksgiving to God is to be present in his house. This is echoed in verse 4 of Psalms 100. As we enter into the Thanksgiving season, remember those that have blessed us. That includes God and our brothers and sisters in Christ.
By Glen Sage, Interim Pastor
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