“Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!”
(Psalm 107:1 ESV)
As we come to November, Thanksgiving is what instantly comes to my mind. I think this is true for most of us. We anticipate this day, when we’ll stop and offer thanks for all of the blessings we enjoy.
As Thanksgiving gets closer, we’ll be reminded to give thanks by many. We’ll see these reminders on TV. We’ll hear them on the radio. It will be shared by those who surround us on a daily basis. However, as we begin our anticipation of this holiday, we must first ask ourselves this: To whom are we thankful? To whom do we offer our thanks for each of our blessings?
The answer to this question should be obvious. But, unfortunately, it’s not understood by most in our society. Everybody in our nation, believer and unbeliever alike, celebrates this day. Yet, even though so many take part in this celebration, and even though we’re reminded by so many to offer our thanks, it’s often directed to no one in particular. We’re simply giving thanks for the sake of giving thanks. It’s as though we’re thankful to no one for the blessings we enjoy.
However, when we rightly offer thanks, we’re expressing our gratitude for a kindness given to us by someone. It’s our recognition of their generosity and their gracious spirit. And, as we look to Scripture, we find that God is the source of every blessing we possess.
God is the source of life. He created us in the beginning, and he sustains that life from day to day. He provides for us the resources we need in life, such as food, clothing, and shelter. He provides for us our family, with whom we share life and the responsibilities that come with it. And, of course, he provides for us eternal life.
This is the point in the verse quoted above. And this refrain is repeated throughout the entire psalm. We’re reminded to give thanks to the Lord, for his love endures forever. And his love is seen in the blessings he bestows upon us.
So, as we celebrate Thanksgiving, let’s make sure that we’re properly giving thanks. Let’s make sure that we’re directing that thanks to the one who has provided each and every one of our blessings. And let us also share with others what God has done for us, that they too might come to know him, to recognize his blessings, and to trust in him for all that they need.