The View From 1776

Be Thankful

With Thanksgiving upon us, let’s not focus upon turkey dinners and sensual pleasures.  It’s the time to thank God for His bounteous blessings.

Pastor Dan Gardner at the Cohocton (New York) Assembly of God Church reminded us this Sunday of some of the things about which all of us can feel joyful. (My embellishments regarding the malign influence of the detestable doctrines of liberal-progressive-socialism are not necessarily to be attributed to Pastor Gardner).

Be thankful for God:

And the twenty-four elders, who were seated on their thrones before God, fell on their faces and worshiped God, saying:
?“We give thanks to you, Lord God Almighty, the One who is and who was, because you have taken your great power and have begun to reign.”  (Revelation 11:16-17)

Be thankful for God’s Creation:

Come, let us sing for joy to the LORD;  let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation.
Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song.  For the LORD is the great God, the great King above all gods.  In his hand are the depths of the earth, and the mountain peaks belong to him.  The sea is his, for he made it, and his hands formed the dry land.  (Psalms 95:1-5)

Be thankful for God’s word:

Oh, that my ways were steadfast in obeying your decrees!  Then I would not be put to shame when I consider all your commands.  I will praise you with an upright heart as I learn your righteous laws.  (Psalms 119:5-7)

In today’s troubled world, and in our own kulturkampf between emissaries of the secular political state and witnesses for the kingdom of God, it’s comforting to know that we can turn for sure guidance to God’s word.

Be thankful for God’s promises and blessings:

Let them give thanks to the LORD for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for men.  Let them sacrifice thank offerings and tell of his works with songs of joy.  (Psalms 107:21-22)

Be thankful for family - our own, the local church family, and the great world family of the Christian church:

Sing to God, sing praise to his name, extol him who rides on the clouds