What does All, Every, and Dirt have to do with a devotional thought on Thanksgiving? And I’ll tell you up front that Dirt is the winner!
Thanksgiving Day Challenge
Let’s start with ALL. Two weeks ago I finished up a series called the Grace Factor. 2 Corinthians 9 was referenced in that series. I intentionally didn’t comment on verse 8 because I thought it might make a good Thanksgiving Day post. Here is what Paul wrote:
And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.
That is a great place to launch a discussion on these four things:
- ALL Grace – God’s blessings come from His great grace
- ALL things – That is the extent of our lives touched by His grace
- ALL times – That how long God’s great grace endures
- ALL that you need – That is the result of God’s great grace in our lives
That’s good stuff and is especially appropriate to share on Thanksgiving Day. But that’s not the best thing.
The Thanksgiving Psalm
Psalm 103 is often associated with giving thanks. It’s a great psalm and most folks know the opening verses. It shows us our Father is EVERY thing we need.
Bless the Lord, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless His holy name! Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits
It is very encouraging to just read the verses and see the benefits that come to us through our Father. I challenge you to read the verses and match them to the list here:
- He is our Pardoner (vs. 3a)
- He is our Physician (vs. 3b)
- He is our Purchaser/He redeemed us (vs. 4a)
- He is our Pastor and Priest (vs. 4b)
- He is our Provider (vs. 5)
How can anything possibly be better than these verses about All and Every?
For years I encouraged myself with the opening verses of Psalm 103. Not many years ago I kept reading and I am so glad I did! This may be considered Thanksgiving confessions, but they are real.
Have you reached the place in life where you are comfortable with what you cannot do? The longer and further I journey into an international missions ministry the more I have to pray,
Lord, I can’t do this! Please do what only You can do.
Amazing things happen when we pray like that. The truth is, apart from Him we can do nothing. He made us of dust and it’s genuine insanity for a pile of dirt to say to God, “I can do this.”
And that brings me to a most wonderful verse in Psalm 103. God remembers it, and the more I remember it the better off I am:
For He knows our frame; He remembers He made us of dirt (vs. 14)
So from one dirtpile to another, He remembers. He loves you and wants to use you anyway. That’s a great reason for Thanksgiving!
Soli Deo Gloria!