Forever Thanksgiving

Rev. Joel Gaertner November 25, 2019

“Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever” (Psalm 107:1).

Every year since 1863, the U.S. has observed a Thursday near the end of November as a national day of Thanksgiving.

We set aside a day where we, as a nation, join together in giving thanks to God. But if all we do is give our thanks for one day and don’t really make thanksgiving a part of the other 364 days of the year, then we have fallen far short of acknowledging how we have been blessed.

The Bible verse above is familiar to many Christians. This verse gives us thoughts to contemplate today and remember every day of the year.

“Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good.” These words remind us where our thanks always need to be directed: “to the LORD.” Since God is the giver of every gift, He alone is worthy of our thanks and praise.

Have you ever noticed how Thanksgiving turns into a listing of all of our blessings? If we thank without recognizing the giver, then our thanks are rather shallow and hollow. 

The Psalm writer also reminds us why God gives us the blessings we have: “for he is good.” Lest we fall into the trap of thinking we have received our blessings because we have earned them or deserve them, we are told that God gives them to us out of His goodness.  This is a reminder we don’t deserve any of the blessings we have, yet God gives us so many blessings that we can’t really count or realize.

Another thought that we need to remember is that “blessings” aren’t just the physical “things” we have. While we certainly ought to thank God for all these physical blessings, we also ought to thank God for his Son as our Savior and all the spiritual blessings he gives us: forgiveness, hope, peace, heaven, and many, many more.

The verse closes with “His love endures forever.” We can never thank God enough or out-thank God for His blessings. Even when we fail to thank God for His blessings or acknowledge him as the source of all that we have, He keeps giving his gifts in a measure far greater than we can imagine.

Today is a good reminder to give thanks to God for His unbelievable goodness to us. May we have that same attitude tomorrow and every day of our lives!

Prayer: Gracious God, we owe you a debt of gratitude and thanks for all your rich blessings. Forgive us for the times we have failed to acknowledge you as the source of our blessings or have taken them for granted. Lead us to thank you not only with our lips, but also with our lives, each and every day. Amen.