Thanksgiving is probably our favorite holiday. There is so much for which we owe a debt of thanks. And that means all of us – your family and mine. So as you make your last minute preparations, maybe this short checklist can be a devotional resource as you encourage those around your table to be thankful.
Thanksgiving – A Matter of the Heart
Matthew 5:1-2 tells us Jesus sat down to teach His disciples. The word we see as teach carries the meaning of ongoing or constant. So the message we know as the Sermon on the Mount was a repeated sermon. Jesus taught the Kingdom at every opportunity. Near the end of the Sermon in Matthew 7, Jesus commented about fruit and its source:
Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes nor figs from thistles, are they? So every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor can a bad tree produce good fruit.
In another teaching opportunity, Jesus brought out the same idea. However, He expressed it a little differently. It is recorded for us in Luke 6:44-45 –
For each tree is known by its own fruit. Indeed, people do not gather figs from thorn bushes, or grapes from brambles. The good man brings good things out of the good treasure of his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil treasure of his heart. For out of the overflow of the heart, the mouth speaks.
Did you catch that last part? Out of the heart the mouth speaks. Thanksgiving is the expected expression of a grateful heart. And that is why we ought to take the time to see what our Father has done for us. We should count the blessings that are ours, giving thanks for them all.
Thanksgiving Scriptures – For Meditation Or Sharing
Proverbs 4:23 – Guard your heart with all diligence, for from it flow springs of life. Yes, it’s still a matter of the heart!
Psalm 26:7 – That I may proclaim with the voice of thanksgiving and declare all Your wonders. Do our hearts brag on our Father?
Psalm 50:23 – He who offers a sacrifice of thanksgiving honors Me; and to him who orders his way aright I shall show the salvation of God. Thanksgiving: a sacrifice of praise.
Psalm 69:30 – I will praise the name of God with song and magnify Him with thanksgiving. Say it or sing it – giving thanks is the order of the day and the message of the heart.
Philippians 4:6 – Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. Worry is out of bounds!
Colossians 4:2 – Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving… Thanks permeates song, word, and prayer.
Revelation 7:12 – Amen, blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might, be to our God forever and ever. Amen. And I suspect when we join that heavenly scene we won’t have any questions about the eternal nature of giving thanks. Why? We can never thank Him enough.
Have a great holiday!
Soli Deo Gloria!