A Heart of Thanksgiving
Theme: Thanksgiving: A Matter of the heart
Topic: A Heart of Thanksgiving
Text: Psalm 108:1-7a (NLT) "...I can sing your praises with all my heart...I will thank you, Lord, among all the people..."
Author: Pastor Ron Williams
Introduction: Thanksgiving Day was proclaimed a national celebration in 1863, in the midst of the Civil War. America has honored this tradition for157 years. Thursday, November 26, 2020 it will be celebrated once again. Happily America is not in a "shooting" civil war, sadly however, it is in an intellectual, ideological, political, social and spiritual civil war. Our nation is comparable to ancient Israel during the period of the Judges, when the nation turned away from God, and "every man what was right in his own eyes." Their sin and ours, "They remembered not God, neither were they thankful." Now as then, the way back to God, personally, and for a peaceful nation is A Matter of the Heart. Which begins with the cultivation of A Heart of Thanksgiving, filled with...
l. Admiration for God: praise for who he is and what he does vv. 1-4
My heart is confident in you, O God;
no wonder I can sing your praises with all my heart!
Wake up, lyre and harp!
I will wake the dawn with my song.
I will thank you, Lord, among all the people.
I will sing your praises among the nations. For your unfailing love is higher than the heavens.
Your faithfulness reaches to the clouds.
ll. Adoration of God: expressed through a life devoted to him in worship, witness, and service v. 5
Be exalted, O God, above the highest heavens.
May your glory shine over all the earth.
lll. Assurance in God: confident in his power to save and the certainty of his promises vv. 6-7
Now rescue your beloved people.
Answer and save us by your power.
God has promised this by his holiness[a]:
Conclusion: 2020 will be a year long remembered! I really don't need to list for you of the plethora of the world wide mind numbing events that have transpired since Thanksgiving day last year. It has been "crazy making" to say the least. Yet, there is so much for which we may be thankful. Here is my list in no particular order - food, water, air, rain, snow, clouds, sunshine, trees, flowers, lakes, oceans, streams and fish, my family and friends dogs that I pet but not feed and nor clean up after, for animals great and small and birds of every sort. I thank God for family, friendship, scripture, the Trinity (Father, Son and Holy Spirit), love, joy and peace, America, the World and all the good things that are in it. What's on your Thanksgiving list? Will you choose thanksgiving, this Thanksgiving?