• By Rev. Joseph A. Bias

Getting Ready For - Part 2


A Meditation on Psalm 96

“Oh, sing to the Lord a new song! Sing to the Lord, all the earth. Sing to the Lord, bless His name; Proclaim the good news of His salvation from day to day. Declare His glory among the nations, His wonders among all peoples.” Psalm 96:1-3

One of the great things about getting ready for the times of celebration to come is the attitude with which we approach the preparation. Getting ready for a good party gets our adrenalin flowing and we feel a sense of joyful expectation. We imagine all the kinds of cheerful things that will happen around the time of celebration and particularly the pleasure of our interaction with loved ones, friends and family even new acquaintances that may come into our lives because of the occasions.

Thanksgiving Day is the next big day on our “Getting Ready For” agenda. The Advent Season follows including , Advent Sunday, {November 26} Christmas Eve, {December 24} Christmas Day, {December 25} New Years Day {January 1} and Epiphany Sunday {January 7}.

Thanksgiving is a unique Holiday to the United States because it was established to honor God as the provider of our nation’ welfare and peace and prosperity as we separated ourselves from the tyranny of King George of England and established a nation where all people are free to worship as they please and where the government is of by and for the people not the caprice and whim of the few in power. Most significantly it was established as a time to honor God and express in our prayers our thanks for His favor on us as a nation, because He alone is our source for life and peace.

Indeed it can be seen as a day of worship, not proscribed or demanded by the government but a day desired by the people to give voice to their appreciation and love for God and our Savior Jesus Christ by Whom and through Whom we live and move and have our being, and without Whom we could do nothing.

But this Thanksgiving holiday was not meant to be a day of boasting of how great we are because we are so rich in resources and human invention or military might but how humbled we are because of God’s favor that has so blessed us despite our human frailty and short comings. We are blessed because we acknowledge Him as our true sovereign and He honors us as His people, more specifically His church, the Body of Christ.

So we get ready for this day with great joy and anticipation. We invite friends and family to gather at traditional locations and each gets to bring something to add to the scrumptious and bountiful table. This is symbolic of that first Thanksgiving. And tradition holds that it was a meal of great abundance of food of varying kinds, prepared in part by both the pilgrims who survived that first year in the New World and the native Americans who helped them to do so by God’s sovereign hand upon them.

It is also a look to the future when we shall all be gathered at the great feast, the marriage supper of the Lamb. [Revelation 19:8]

This Thanksgiving would be a good time to consider singing a new song to the Lord, that is let your heart compose a new song of gratitude to the Lord. Take a moment to list all the ways you can think of how God has blessed you this year. Write them down and then make up a song in your own heart where you can sing your new and unique song to the Lord with heart inspired gratitude for His goodness. In this you will bless His name. Then consider sharing your blessing, your testimony with others declaring God’s goodness among the people.

We all do a lot of complaining about one thing or another, but we should never hesitate to share our needs in prayer or to call for the prayers of others who love us, who will come into agreement with us as the Word admonishes.

“Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.” Matthew 18:19-20

How much more then, should we also share about the good things God has done for us continually.

Even what we might think is just an everyday thing; that every day thing is a miracle to someone who never gets to even imagine the kind of favor of God we have known and still enjoy.

Has God answered a prayer you prayed this year? Has He provided for you to be able to provide for yourself and your family through your work? Has He healed you or your loved one(s)? Has He saved you from a disaster? Has He favored your cause before a judge or jury? Has He protected your home or your property from destruction? Has He comforted you in grief, or forgiven you of your sins? Has He given you rest and peaceful sleep at night? Has He kept you from going hungry? Has He sent people along to lift you up when you have fallen down, physically, mentally, socially financially, relationally, spiritually or emotionally?

Has he given you a friend(s) to lean on in the time of peace or trouble, loneliness or celebration, joy or sorrow? Has He sent you provisions from unexpected sources or surprised you any way with a special joy or blessing? Has He revealed to you some hidden truth in His Word or opened your understanding of the Scriptures in a life changing way? Has He protected you or your loved ones from the works of the devil?

Has He given strength, energy and vitality to your life so that you can enjoy your children, grandchildren and great grandchildren? Has He given you a sense of His presence in a comforting, encouraging, restoring, refreshing, renewing or life renewing way? Then, tell SOMEBODY ABOUT HIM!!!!

“Proclaim the good news of His salvation from day to day. Declare His glory among the nations, His wonders among all peoples.” Psalm 93:2-3

This is also Thanksgiving.

#Preparation #Thanksgiving #Gratitude #Worship #Praise

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