Thanksgiving 2021 by Crossing Barriers Ministry

I am thankful that I have made another year. I am thankful for my family, job, and the opportunity to work with my two favorite ministries. I am also thankful that I have received the motivation for another year of no smoking. Take a minute – What are you thankful for?

Psalm 100:1-5

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.

Before we get into today’s message, we are taking a break this week from our series for our Thanksgiving message. We will return to our series next week. We have three weeks in December and will take off two for Christmas returning on January 9.

Thanksgiving Day, annual national holiday celebrated mainly by the United States and Canada. We are celebrating the harvest and other blessings of the past year. Americans generally believe that their Thanksgiving is modeled on a 1621 harvest feast shared by the English colonists (Pilgrims) of Plymouth and the Wampanoag people.

First, this psalm is not strictly a psalm of Yahweh’s origins or His place of authority since it doesn’t explicitly identify Yahweh as King.

Psalm 93:1

The Lord reigneth, he is clothed with majesty; The Lord is clothed with strength, wherewith he hath girded himself: The world also is stablished, that it cannot be moved.

However, this psalm does follow immediately after a collection of psalms with supreme value referring to Psalms 95-99. There is some similarities of  languages and themes between the previous 5 psalms and this one.

In this psalm, the author is calling the whole word to worship Yahweh with Joy. He demonstrates thankfulness, readiness to show appreciation,  or to return kindness.

Thanksgiving is a time to shout or make a joyful noise.

Psalm 98:4

Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all the earth: make a loud noise, and rejoice, and sing praise.

Thanksgiving is a time to serve.

Serving here is not the tradition of serving  but translated from the Hebrew word “ a’vad” meaning honoring Yahweh in formal worship.

Thanksgiving is God Made, and we are his people.

The psalmist portrays God as a shepherd, and we are the flock.

Thanksgiving is worship in his house.

We show thanks by going to church and sing songs of joy, praise, and tribute.

Thanksgiving is one day we can thank God.

It is not the only day but one day we can celebrate God’s love for us. His loyal love!

Psalms 25:10

All the paths of the Lord are mercy and truth unto such as keep his covenant and his testimonies.

Just a statical moment here, a search of the bible for “Thanksgiving”, produced over 108 results. Let’s look at some other biblical examples:

Thanksgiving is giving thanks in the name of the Lord.

Colossians 3:17

And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.

Thanksgiving is not:

A religious holiday like Christmas (Jesus) was born or Easter (Jesus died on the cross and rose again.

Its not a one day a year where we celebrate, we are thankful, we should be doing that every day.

Thanksgiving is not one day a year where we help those less fortunate than us.

Jesus shows us thankfulness:

There are dozens of incidents in the bible where Jesus shows us how to be thankful.

Matthew 11:25

At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes.

Matthew 15:36

And he took the seven loaves and the fishes, and gave thanks, and brake them, and gave to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitude.

Matthew 26:27

And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it;

Psalm 107:1

O give thanks unto the Lord, for he is good: For his mercy endureth forever.





Giving thanks should be done every day especially to our Lord

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