I love Thanksgiving. We don't have the constant TV ads that surround most of the other holidays; no buy this, or you need that, or I want such and such. This holiday is different. This day is all about family and friends giving thanks for their many blessings.
In our Thanksgiving Eve church service last night, the pastor reminded us to read Psalm 100, the most beautiful psalm of thanks, before diving into the turkey and mashed potatoes or before turning on the TV for the big game. This is one of my favorite psalms, and I want to share it with you this morning.
1. Make a joyful shout to the Lord all you lands!
2. Serve the Lord with gladness; Come before his presence with singing.
3. Know that the Lord, He is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves.
We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.
4. Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise.
Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.
5. For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting, And his truth endures to all generations.
We will be going over to the base chow hall to join the troops in a Thanksgiving meal, complete with turkey, ham, roast beef and all the trimmings, including the pumpkin pie. As we do before every meal, we will bow our heads and pray a part of this psalm........
Oh give thanks unto the Lord, for He is good. And His mercy endures forever. Amen.