Reading: Psalm 100
Verse Four: “Give thanks to Him and praise His name”.
As we begin the day, the psalmist encourages us to “Give thanks to Him and praise His name”. It is very appropriate for Thanksgiving Day. This is the day when we will gather around the table and list off all of the things we are thankful for: family, friends, home, employment, time off, the food! And in the midst of the holiday, let us not forget to be thankful for our God.
People will come into this day of thanks with a wide range of emotions and from different places in their lives. Most will come into the day with the joy and praise called for by the psalmist. But for some, this will be their first big holiday or their first thanksgiving without someone special. May we be sensitive to and extra loving of them if this is the case. Others will come to the gathering with different struggles or sorrows or burdens. To each of these may we offer kindness and understanding and acceptance along with our love and welcome.
Maybe this is how we enter Thanksgiving today. Then these words that open the Psalm are harder to live out. we think: joyful songs when I feel this way? Shouts of praise as I am going through this? If so, perhaps just verse five matters today: “For the Lord is good and His love endures forever; His faithfulness endured through all generations”. Sometimes we must just cling to God’s love and His faithfulness. Sometimes we must lean into God and His presence and know that it is enough. As we turn to God in our need, He will surround us with His love. And in time we will be grateful for this and we will thank Him for His love.
May our day today be filled with God, family, and friends and with wonderful food and a joyous time of fellowship! Amen!