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November 25, 2010

On this day of Thanksgiving, God is the Author who best expresses how to offer Him our thanks and how different life is when we have an attitude of gratitude. Before it’s Your Turn, let’s hear from Him.

Psalm 100

Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth. Worship the LORD with gladness;  come before him with joyful songs.  Know that the LORD is God.
It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise;  give thanks to him and praise his name.  For the LORD is good and his love endures forever;  his faithfulness continues through all generations.

Philippians 4:5-7

Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.  Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Because of Who He is and what He has done, we are invited to praise Him with hearts of thanksgiving.  He is unchangeable, even when our circumstances are unsure, and He is faithful to every generation. Are you gathering around the table with multiple generations today? “The Lord is near.” Let’s carve out a tradition of casting away our anxiety and replacing it with prayerful thanks. Let’s heap our praise and petitions on the Lord and claim His promised peace.

It’s Your Turn. Is there a scripture that you find yourself returning to when you think of giving thanks? Maybe you read it around the table today or prayed it in a prayer or wrote it on a card. We would love to know what words resonate in your heart today.

We are thankful for each reader who joins us on the journey of digging into God’s Word. Blessed Thanksgiving to each of you today!

6 Comments leave one →
  1. November 25, 2010 8:10 am

    Maybe because of all the Sunday School lessons I sat through in my childhood, I can’t help but think of the story of Jesus healing the 10 lepers in Luke 17 when I think of thankfulness. I want to be like that leper whose reaction to being healed by Jesus was to worship Him who deserves all praise. I don’t want my initial reaction to be running to tell my friends and family, but to worship the King of Kings.

    The story also reminds me how God deserves more thankfulness than I give him, in that I often don’t look at the whole picture and see how MUCH God has given me. The lepers were healed, but in that one gift, Jesus was changing how they lived, where they lived, who they lived with. The story challenges me to look at my life and see how even the small things God has giving me have impacted and blessed my life and the life of my family.

    Happy Thanksgiving to all the Scripture Dig family.

  2. stephanieshott permalink
    November 25, 2010 9:20 am

    Julie ~ Great post! Whenever I think of the concept of giving thanks, I’m reminded of 1 Thes 5:18. “In everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

    Our thankfulness to God should never depend on things going well. We thank Him because He is God, He is good and He is worthy. And it is His will that we give thanks through the good, the bad and the ugly.

    I’m so glad we serve a God who is worthy of our thanks and praise, even when we don’t understand what we’re going through. 🙂

  3. Sandra permalink
    November 25, 2010 6:04 pm

    My mom read Psalm 100 to us before we enjoyed Thanksgiving lunch together today! It was a beautiful reminder to focus on His blessings.

  4. November 25, 2010 10:48 pm

    I am thankful for family growth in God, no matter what comes our way, and our family’s verse for today was 1 Thessalonians 5:18.

  5. November 27, 2010 1:38 am

    I do love sharing verses!

    Natalie, a bible study I attended this week just went over the story of the ten lepers as a great example of intentional gratitude (from the one who returned). Thank you for sharing it here!

    Here’s a few more verses on thankfulness and gratitude:

    Colossians 3:15-17 – “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”

    Colossians 2:6-7 – “So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.”

    Hebrews 12:28-29 – “Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our ‘God is a consuming fire.’”

    Psalm 118:1 – “Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good;
    his love endures forever.”

    Thank you for sharing!

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