It is early fall and the trees are slowly transforming into huge bouquets rich with deep hues of red, orange and yellow. Soon they will give competition to the beautiful sunsets of October.
The weather is much cooler than the days of summer and the squirrels and chipmunks can be seen scampering about. They are on a mission to gather and store up their food for the wintry hibernation ahead. Sadly, the trees will eventually lose their leaves and stand naked in the grip of an icy, cold slumber but for now they remain tall and proud. Beautifully displayed in a landscape portrait that could only be painted by the hand of God.
It is fall season and that can only mean one thing. Thanksgiving!!
My blog post happens to coincide nicely with our Canadian Thanksgiving and I wrestled a bit with how I would pay tribute to this significant holiday. So I prayed.
Then while at work several nights ago, I spent some time in conversation with a beautiful sister in Christ. She shared a smidgen of her life with me. Her story of God’s provision, direction and faithfulness literally brought tears to my eyes and sent goose bumps up my arms.
It was wonderful to not only hear of God’s goodness, but to also see her joyful worship through thanksgiving and praise. It encouraged and planted seeds of hope in my own heart. As she ended our conversation and turned to walk away, this sweet person encouraged me to read Psalm 23 and 21.
Quite familiar with the 23rd Psalm, I decided to read chapter 21. I’m so glad I did. This beautiful expression of David’s thanksgiving stirred my heart so much, I decided to share a part of it with you. I pray it blesses your heart as much as it did mine.
“The king rejoices in your strength, Lord. How great is his joy in the victories you give!
You have granted him his heart’s desire and have not withheld the request of his lips.
You came to greet him with rich blessings and placed a crown of pure gold on his head.
He asked you for life, and you gave it to him– length of days, for ever and ever.
Through the victories you gave, his glory is great; you have bestowed on him splendor and majesty.
Surely you have granted him unending blessings and made him glad with the joy of your presence.
For the king trusts in the Lord; through the unfailing love of the Most High he will not be shaken. Psalm 21: 1-7
Could you feel David’s excitement as you read these verses? Did you picture him dancing before the Lord in total abandonment? I sure did!
David knew his victories did not come by mere human strength or military strategy but by the hand of God. He was careful to take no praise for himself or in anything he did. Instead, he recognized and expressed God’s faithfulness and grace.
Proclaimed as a day of giving thanks for God’s provision many, many years ago, the tradition of celebrating thanksgiving lives on. However, in a country blessed with so much and full of all life’s conveniences, we can easily take our blessings for granted and discount the source from which they come.
Expressing thanks to God keeps our heart in right relationship with Him. It keeps us focused and centered on Him as our provider and helps to keep our heart from becoming prideful.
“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18
This thanksgiving as we sit around our dinner table with all the spreads of a bountiful meal and as we congregate with family and friends, may we consider the multitude of blessings God has poured into our lives. May we truly approach our thanksgiving celebration with an attitude of gratitude, appreciating not just the temporal blessings, but also acknowledging His gifts of grace, mercy and love.
So come on dear friends, let us journey together by faith today. God bless you and happy thanksgiving!