A Psalm for giving thanks.
Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth!
Serve the LORD with gladness!
Come into his presence with singing!
Know that the LORD, he is God!
It is he who made us, and we are his;
we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
and his courts with praise!
Give thanks to him; bless his name!
For the LORD is good;
his steadfast love endures forever,
and his faithfulness to all generations.
(Psalm 100 ESV)
So my friends, on this special American Holiday, I wanted to take a moment to give praise to the LORD for HIS lovingkindness is everlasting!
I am thankful the FATHER has sent HIS SON and demonstrated HIS great love in offering HIM up to be a sacrifice for SIN! I give thanks for HIS raising HIM from the dead and crowning HIM with glory! I am thankful for the gift of HIS SPIRIT when HE saved me from HIS wrath and my sin. I am thankful for GOD giving me and HIS church eyes to see and ears to hear. I praise HIM HE has placed us in the Body at Sovereign Grace. I give thanks for all my brothers and sisters there.
I am thankful for the earthly family HE placed me in. I am thankful many of them are also members of the family of GOD! I am thankful for my mom and dad and the love they have showed me. I am thankful for the time I had with my earthly brother before he passed away. I am grateful the LORD has placed a half brother in my life. I thank GOD for my mother-in-law as I have had time to get to know and love her more. I give the LORD thanks for my Aunt and Uncle and all the rest of my earthly family. I am thankful for all of you who read here or on the other social medias. So many times you have been an encouragement to us.
Finally, I am thankful for the wife GOD has entrusted to me. Next to the LORD’S salvation Holly is the best blessing of the LORD in my life. This journey homeward is sweeter because of her.
My lips could continue to give thanks for so many things the LORD has and is doing. But I think it enough to say Praise the LORD for HE is good! HE has given me, and all who come by repentance and faith, eternal life – the joys beyond comprehension being in HIS presence.
Today and everyday let our lips declare HIS praises. Worthy is HE who came, suffered, bled, and died….not just that, but rose the 3rd day conquering sin and death!
If this day, as you read this, you realize or already know you are not saved Let me exhort you now, this second, to turn from your sin and trust in the LORD JESUS. Let this day be one of true thanksgiving – eternal life!
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Shane Sands is the founder and president of United in Christ Jesus. In addition to local and statewide outreaches, he has organized and participated in numerous evangelism trips around the world and helped to establish a Reformed home church in Norway. Shane is a devoted husband to his wife, Holly and together they desire to follow the Lord’s leading to be based in Northern Ireland.