Thanksgiving
 
Introduction
Psalm 100 is only five verses in length, yet each verse is overflowing with practical truth. Notice the words, “joyful,” “gladness,” “thanksgiving,” “thankful.” Remember, God never does anything by accident. Here we are being taught that joy and gladness are connected to a thankful heart, and that a thankful spirit is required to be consistent in joy and gladness. What are some of those things involved in thanksgiving?
 
The Praise Expected. Psalm 100:1-2
“Make a joyful noise … come before his presence with singing.” This should be the natural attitude of the person that claims they are a child of God, but sadly not all that profess their faith in Christ share this attitude. In many it’s indifference, irritations, indignation, and impatience that drains the praise and joy out of the children of God. We are to welcome the God of Heaven into our life just as we would receive a king into our home. When you welcome someone into your home, you try to make them feel as though they are part of your family. Notice:“Serve the Lord with gladness.”
 
The Personal Assurance Required. Psalm 100:3
“Know ye that the Lord he is Godwe are his people.” It is not enough to know about God, but we are to personally know the Lord. 1. Know Him as Saviour. 2. Know Him as the Sovereign. 3. Know Him in Service.
 
The Practice That is to Be Seen and Heard. Psalm 100:4
“Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise…” The condition of our heart will always be revealed by what we allow to proceed out of our mouth. There should be “thanksgiving” and “praise.” God’s people are to be faithful to God’s house. They are personally invited by the Lord Himself to enter, not only into the house of God, but into the Lord’s presence. Praise God from Whom all blessings flow; Praise Him, all creatures here below; Praise Him above, ye Heavenly host; Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.
 
The Power Behind The Promises. Psalm 100:5
“For the Lord is God; his mercy is everlasting; and His truth endureth to all generations.” God desires and gives us the power to be dedicated, loyal, and committed Christians. Our Lord wants us to live our lives with the purpose of glorifying Him. He does not want us to waste our life and scar it with sinful living. It is the truth of God’s Word that puts great confidence and boldness to trust in the will of God for our lives. That same truth creates a thankful spirit.
 
Conclusion
The person who is not “thankful” for the good things he has will never be happy for the things he wishes he had. If you are not thankful for what you already have then it would be very unusual for you to be thankful for what you will get. The reason for your unthankfulness is the condition of your heart. If your head is the problem there is a way to change it.
 
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