By Rev. Doug Rokke American Lutheran Church, La Porte City
Giving Thanks; A Celebration!
Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise. Give thanks to him, bless his name. ~ Psalm 100:4 NRSV
Psalm 100 one of the better known Psalms and is loved by many people. It is a Psalm of praise and thanksgiving calling on people to worship God. In verse four it says to enter God’s courts with praise and thanksgiving because, “the Lord is good.” As Christians I think this is one of the results of giving thanks; by giving thanks we remember the goodness of our God.
As Christians, our Thanksgiving is always directed toward God and the blessings that he pours upon us. That’s not true for everyone. In fact, one doesn’t have to be Christian to give thanks. People of all cultures and religions can bring up a sense of gratitude for things in their lives. Anyone can enjoy a Thanksgiving dinner, be grateful for family and enjoy a good football game without thanking God.
But for Christians their thanksgiving is directed to God. We believe that he is somehow connected with the goodness in our lives. And in giving thanks we not only give him the credit that he is due, but in giving thanks we remember his goodness toward his people. This goodness is seen not only in the things we remember at Thanksgiving, but is seen most clearly as he gave his son to die on the cross.
As we approach Thanksgiving let us not only take time to be thankful, but let it be an opportunity to thank God. May it be a time to celebrate all that God has done. Or in the words of the Psalm may it be a day to give thanks to Him and bless his name.