Thanksgiving in the Psalms

Psalm 95 1 2 310904561The Verse of the Day for November 20, 2013 is found in Psalm 95: 1-2 in the Amplified Bible:

O come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the Rock of our salvation!

Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to Him with songs of praise!

Verse 2 with its great exhortation to “come before his presence with thanksgiving” is a reminder that we are in the “Thanksgiving season.” At this time of year there is an almost automatic association with turkey and dressing, cranberries, and pumpkin pie (or sweet potato pie, depending upon your ethnic tastes). For Christians, however, thanksgiving is more than a holiday observed the fourth Thursday in November. Actually, “Thanksgiving” is a way of life, a lifestyle that is always appropriate. “Thanksgiving” is the reason, not only for this season, but “thanksgiving” should be the reason for every season.

When I use the term “thanksgiving,” I look at the word in its most literal sense, meaning “to give thanks” or “to show one’s self grateful.” It is an expression of gratitude, a form of prayer specified in I Timothy which speaks of “requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving. . . .”

As Christian believers, expressing thanks to God for His grace and goodness should never be confined to a single period of time. God desires that we show ourselves grateful at all times. The Book of Psalms offers eight reminders or references to thanksgiving. The number eight is spiritually symbolic of a new beginning, whereby we come to the end of the eighth exhortation and then begin again.

Thanksgiving in the Psalms:

  1. Psalm 26:7
    That I may publish with the voice of thanksgiving, and tell of all thy wondrous works.
  2. Psalm 50:14
    Offer unto God thanksgiving; and pay thy vows unto the most High:
  3. Psalm 69:30
    I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify him with thanksgiving.
  4. Psalm 95:2
    Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms.
  5. Psalm 100:4
    Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
  6. Psalm 107:22
    And let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving, and declare his works with rejoicing.
  7. Psalm 116:17
    I will offer to thee the sacrifice of thanksgiving, and will call upon the name of the LORD.
  8. Psalm 147:7
    Sing unto the LORD with thanksgiving; sing praise upon the harp unto our God:

The Marantha! Singers offer a rousing rendition of “He Has Made Me Glad,” reminding us to “enter his gates with thanksgiving and into his courts with praise.”

We joyfully come before God’s presence with thanksgiving, not just the week before Thanksgiving Day, but every hour of every day of every week of every year.

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