By Pastor Mark Jordan
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! I am glad you are here for a sip of daily water before the feasting commences.
As we celebrate this national holiday rooted in Biblical traditions, I think it is important to remember how our country was established. From Columbus, to the Pilgrims, to the Founders, they all believed in the unalienable rights given by God — meaning God gives these rights to His people, and the government’s role is to protect them (not to provide them…big difference!). The establishment of the New World, therefore, was to give people freedom in which to live, steeped in thanksgiving to the Lord. As sojourners turned settlers, the goal was to give thanks to God for this unique nation and live a life of praise.
Today’s Bible lesson comes from the time when King David brought the Ark to Jerusalem, and established Israel as God’s proverbial hometown. As this holy moment was celebrated amongst the people, it was done so as a celebration of thanksgiving to God. Check out a portion of the worship held by King David and the priests…
“Give thanks to God—he is good and his love never quits. Say, ‘Save us, Savior God, round us up and get us out of these godless places, so we can give thanks to your holy Name, and bask in your life of praise.’ Blessed be God, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting. Then everybody said, ‘Yes! Amen!’ and ‘Praise God!’” (1 Chronicles 16:34-36, MSG)
I hope that passage might help shape your Thanksgiving celebration today. Give thanks to God for the blessings in your life. Live into the freedom given by the Lord for you to share in His power and provision, now and forever!
Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you! I give thanks to you for the blessings of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. As I celebrate this Thanksgiving holiday, I seek to bless and celebrate you above all else. I lift this prayer of thanksgiving in the powerful name of Jesus. Amen!