25 November 2010
Thanksgiving Day - 2010
Yesterday I was listening to Bill Johnson and heard him say:
1. Thanksgiving is my response to what He [the Lord God] has done.
2. Praise is my response to who He is.
3. Worship is my response to His presence.
This is based on Psalm 100:4, which says, "Enter His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name."
Verse 5 is good, too, "For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting, And His truth endures to all generations." Let me add that the Lord is exceedingly good.
Ruth Ward Heflin, in her "Glory" book, shared that each one is a stepping stone to the next. So, as you give thanks today, use it as a portal to praise, and then on to worship.
As you are giving thanks today (or any day), if you find yourself drawn toward praising the Lord God for all that He is, and His goodness and grace and mercy and love, and if you are at a loss for words, just softly say "Hallelujah".