Welcome back to this week’s blog, a holiday week. It seems appropriate to call attention to the English word “Thanksgiving,” the French translation “Merci de donner,” the Italian translation “Grazie dare,” and the Spanish translation “Gracias que dan.” Such a beautiful word is wonderful to practice out loud with family and friends this holiday season.
I thought it would also be very interesting and enlightening to identify the word “Thanksgiving” in the Holy word (NIV), a universal book shared by many cultures and nations. The first scripture that jumped out at me was Psalm 100:4 – Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.
Exactly. Give Him thanks and praise and not just one time a year, but daily. Pour out your thanks to the one who created you, the one who protects you and watches over you, the one who will never leave you or forsake you.
Scripture tells us the true meaning of Thanksgiving focuses on the relationship between God and man. Thanksgiving begins with acknowledging God as faithful and earnestly giving Him thanks, in advance, for His abundant blessings. Philippians 4:6 speaks of prayer and petition – Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
Everything the Holy word instructs is around the act of giving thanks, the grateful acknowledgement of benefits or favors, especially to God. Thanksgiving is an expression of thanks, to our Heavenly Father.
Yes, Thanksgiving is a universal, public celebration in acknowledgement of divine favor or kindness. Thanksgiving is a day set apart for giving thanks to God: above all that He has blessed us. He calls us to glorify His name and give thanks that we have a Heavenly Father watching over us.
Scripture clearly defines Thanksgiving as a time to praise God. It’s a reflection of adoration, sacrifice, praise and offerings. Thanksgiving is an act of worship, a grateful prayer to God. Psalm 42:4 says “These things I remember as I pour out my soul; how I used to go with the multitude, leading the procession to the house of God, with shouts of joy and thanksgiving among the festive throng.”
According to scripture, long before the colonists celebrated their successes, Nehemiah assembled two great choirs to give thanks for God’s faithfulness in rebuilding the wall. According to Nehemiah 12:27 – “ . . . The Levites were sought out from where they lived and were brought to Jerusalem to celebrate joyfully and (to give) dedication with songs of thanksgiving and with the music of cymbals, harps, and lyres.”
I believe Thanksgiving should be an “attitude of the heart” that reinforces our intimate relationship with God.
Happy Thanksgiving, and may the Lord bless you and keep you, may His face shine upon you and give you peace. May you spend the day with family and friends reinforcing the multiple blessings we receive from our Heavenly Father, as well as carrying out persistent prayer and petition throughout the season.
Blessings until next week,