Today, we celebrate Thanksgiving Day; and so we take the time to give praise and thanks to God. Why do we do this? 1 Thessalonians 5:18 NLT tells us, “Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.” So we sit and reflect on the goodness of God. But is that what we can do when we give thanks? David added another level to his thanksgiving.
1 Chronicles 29:13 says, “O our God, we thank you and praise your glorious name!” That doesn’t sound different. But as we spend more time in the chapter, we see the difference in the level. This chapter tells about David’s desire to build a Temple for the Lord, but God told him that his son Solomon would build it. That didn’t stop David from storing up the needed items to get the job done. He was totally sold out on this project, and he gave without restraint.
Then he challenged the people, and they gave like David without restraint. Verse 9 says, “The people rejoiced over the offerings, for they had given freely and wholeheartedly to the Lord, and King David was filled with joy.” So, David gave thanks. He didn’t thank God for the blessings in his life; he thanked God for the opportunity to give because David recognized that everything he possessed came from God. Sometimes we say that with our mouths, but our hearts say something else. This was David leading at the twilight of his reign. Despite all his earthly possessions, he recognized that it meant nothing without God. I pray as we celebrate Thanksgiving Day that we extend our hands and lift our voices in praise because all we have comes from God.
Have a blessed Thanksgiving Day.
Thought for Today: Friend, always give God thanks.
Have a blessed day and walk in faith and victory