Enjoy a few thoughts from Psalm 100 and I trust you find joy in Thanksgiving Day.
Today’s Reading - Psalm 31 and Psalm 100
1 Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. 2 Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. 3 Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. 4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. 5 For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations. - Psalm 100
On this Thanksgiving Day, I am brought back to Psalm 100. We do not know who wrote this psalm but most attribute it to Moses. If so, his life reminds us to offer thanksgiving for all the obvious reasons to be thankful and in those times when the difficult emotion of the moment leads us to be thankful for who God is and what He does. Moses celebrated great victories in his life. He also suffered loss and at times felt desperately lonely. His life represents many people today. For some it will be a joy and certain thanksgiving. For some it will be a day reminded of loss who need the comfort of the Great Shepherd. For some it will be a lonely day who need to experience the presence of the Father. For all of us, embrace Psalm 100. All of it. Especially verses four and five. Especially five. The Lord is good. Just good. His love endures forever. Just loving. His faithfulness continues forever. Just faithful. Join with Moses and enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise, give thanks to Him and praise His name. Because of who He is and what He does, we give thanks today.
Heavenly Father, we peel back all the layers and set aside the real need we might have today and give you thanks for being good, loving and faithful. We could ask for no greater God. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.