Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Worshipful Thanksgiving ~ by Amy Vest
I love Thanksgiving.
I love reflecting on the blessings I've been given.
Most of all, I love worshipping the Giver of the blessings.
"It is good to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praises to your name, O Most High." (Psalm 92:1)
This is amazing.
While the gifts are good, the point us to the Giver.
While the gifts can make us happy for a little while, the Giver gives us joy forever in Himself.
Gifts cannot truly satisfy, but the Giver satisfies the deepest needs of our hearts for eternity.
"Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change." (James 1:17)
This, my friend, is the secret to the best Thanksgiving ever - thanks for blessings that turns into worship of the Giver.
Whether you have a cozy time surrounded by people you love, or are facing deep pain, you see that the physical gifts can change, but the Giver is ever yours.
"...be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”' (Hebrews 13:5)
Yes, gifts may come and go, but the Giver - Jesus - is forever ours and forever by our side!
"Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!" (Psalm 107:1)
This has been so sweet and powerful for me - and I pray it is for you, too.
The simple act of counting blessings with Jesus can turn into a sweet worship of Him - the Giver.
thanksgiving for blessings
become gratitude to the Giver
turn into worship of the One Whose heart we see in His gifts.
This leads us to a life of worshipful thanksgiving.
So, for example:
1) "I'm thankful to be redeemed."
2) "Thank You, Jesus, for redeeming me from my sins and bringing me into a relationship with You!"
3) "I worship You, Jesus, that You are my loving, gracious Redeemer."
Do you see how beautiful this can be?
He is worthy of all our worship - and oh, in it, He is glorified and our hearts find deep joy!
We have so much to be thankful for in Jesus, friend!
Have a blessed Thanksgiving giving thanks and worshipping the Giver!