Greg J. Dixon
As we study the scriptures, one thought stands out nearly above all others, and that is the fact that God desires His people to be filled with thanksgiving and to have a thankful heart. The church that keeps the theme of thanksgiving all year long will be a church that has little strife and contention. I have dealt with many people who have either threatened or have actually taken their own life, and there is one theme that has been constant in the life of every one of them and that is a lack of thankfulness. In fact I asked a young lady once, who was threatening suicide, if she could think of anything that she was thankful for, and she said that she could not think of one single thing. This study will not take us to every psalm that deals with this theme but it will deal with most of them.
Thankfulness must accompany our testimony: Psa 26:7 That I may publish with the voice of thanksgiving, and tell of all thy wondrous works.
Thankfulness must accompany payment of our vows: Psa 50:14 Offer unto God thanksgiving; and pay thy vows unto the most High:
Thankfulness must accompany our singing praises unto God: Psa 69:30 I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify him with thanksgiving. 31 This also shall please the LORD better than an ox or bullock that hath horns and hoofs.
Thankfulness must accompany our going to worship God: Psa 100:4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
The sacrifice of thanksgiving is the greater sacrifice: Psa 107:22 And let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving, and declare his works with rejoicing.
Thanksgiving must accompany prayer: Psa 116:17 I will offer to thee the sacrifice of thanksgiving, and will call upon the name of the LORD.
Thanksgiving must accompany praise: Psa 147:7 Sing unto the LORD with thanksgiving; sing praise upon the harp unto our God:
It is proper and right for our nation to set aside a day to offer Thanks unto our God for His bountiful blessings upon us as a nation in so many ways. And in spite of our many sins, as the Prophet Isaiah said over 2700 years ago, "Therefore the Lord shall have no joy in their young men, neither shall have mercy on their fatherless and widows: for every one is an hypocrite and an evildoer, and every mouth speaketh folly. For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still. " Isa 9:17