The Thanksgiving season is upon us. It is a time in America’s calendar where we stop to give thanks. But what does this season mean? Are we just to be in a spirit of thankfulness? Or to whom is our thankfulness directed?
It is true that we should have the attitude of gratitude. And we should express our thankfulness to individuals. But ultimately, we must expressed our thankfulness to the Lord.
In Psalm 107, the psalmist records these words: “Oh, that men would give thanks to the Lord for His goodness, and for His wonderful works to the children of men!” This simple cry is recorded four times in this psalm (vv. 8, 15, 21, 31).
How often do we not give thanks to the Lord for his goodness? Let’s give thanks to God for He is good and His mercy endures forever (v. 1). But also let’s give thanks for his wonderful works to the children of men. This verse could refer to our manifold blessings from God, but more importantly it refers to our greatest blessing — redemption.
God’s wonderful work towards the children of men is that He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to the earth to die for the sins of man. He came that we might be redeemed from the bondage of sin. Have you accepted this free gift of salvation?
If you have been redeemed, you are to be in a attitude of gratitude; you are to give thanks; and you are to openly declare your thanks!
“Let the redeemed of the Lord say so” (Ps. 107:2)