THANKS-LIVING

My Pastor gave a wonderful sermon on Sunday titled “THANKS-LIVING.”  I was so impress by the subject matter that I thought that I would share some of his message with you.  As Christians our lives should reflect the life of Jesus.  Jesus always gave thanks to God, the Father, for everything.  Thanks, not only in words, but in deeds. When you think about it, how can you truly be thankful when your life does not reflect the attitude of you words.  Our hearts will always give us away concerning how we live out our lives.

TOUCHED BY THE LIVES OF OTHERS

This Thanksgiving, before you doing any eating or celebrating, earnestly take the time to think about what you are truly thankful for … then ask yourself if your life matches up with your words.  Thanksgiving should not just be a date on the calendar that we celebrate once a year. Thanksgiving is the condition of your heart that needs to be examined throughout the year.

I was so touched by the message I heard about “Thanks-Living” and wanted to get into the Scriptures myself in search of a Word from the Lord to share.  I was sitting in Panera with my wife and youngest daughter.  My wife was actuallyimage editing the post I was going to share this week but I told her to hold off because I wanted to do a Thanksgiving post.  I had an idea of a Scripture I was going to use but then the Lord took me to the Book of Psalms.  As I was reading Psalm 107, I was so moved by the words I knew this is what I wanted to share.  This portion of Scripture gives such a wonderful example of how God’s people gave Him thanks.  The people did not give thanks until they had reflected on the state of drifting from God.  It was not until then that they cried out for God’s help and He alone delivered them when they could not deliver themselves.  As you read this portion of Psalms, do you see yourself?  Has God been so good … so faithful … so loving … that you would cry out not just with Thanksgiving but Thanks-Living?

PSALM 107:1-31

1 “Give thanks to the Lord because he is good,
because his faithful love lasts forever!”
2 That’s what those who are redeemed by the Lord say,
the ones God redeemed from the power of their enemies,
3 the ones God gathered from various countries,
from east and west, north and south.

4 Some of the redeemed had wandered into the desert, into the wasteland.
They couldn’t find their way to a city or town.
5 They were hungry and thirsty;
their lives were slipping away.
6 So they cried out to the Lord in their distress,
and God delivered them from their desperate circumstances.
7 God led them straight to human habitation.
8 Let them thank the Lord for his faithful love
and his wondrous works for all people,
9 because God satisfied the one who was parched with thirst,
and he filled up the hungry with good things!

10 Some of the redeemed had been sitting in darkness and deep gloom;
they were prisoners suffering in chains
11 because they had disobeyed God’s instructions
and rejected the Most High’s plans.
12 So God humbled them with hard work.
They stumbled, and there was no one to help them.
13 So they cried out to the Lord in their distress,
and God saved them from their desperate circumstances.
14 God brought them out from the darkness and deep gloom;
he shattered their chains.
15 Let them thank the Lord for his faithful love
and his wondrous works for all people,
16 because God has shattered bronze doors
and split iron bars in two!

17 Some of the redeemed were fools because of their sinful ways.
They suffered because of their wickedness.
18 They had absolutely no appetite for food;
they had arrived at death’s gates.
19 So they cried out to the Lord in their distress,
and God saved them from their desperate circumstances.
20 God gave the order and healed them;
he rescued them from their pit.
21 Let them thank the Lord for his faithful love
and his wondrous works for all people.
22 Let them offer thanksgiving sacrifices
and declare what God has done in songs of joy!

23 Some of the redeemed had gone out on the ocean in ships,
making their living on the high seas.
24 They saw what the Lord had made;
they saw his wondrous works in the depths of the sea.
25 God spoke and stirred up a storm
that brought the waves up high.
26 The waves went as high as the sky;
they crashed down to the depths.
The sailors’ courage melted at this terrible situation.
27 They staggered and stumbled around like they were drunk.
None of their skill was of any help.
28 So they cried out to the Lord in their distress,
and God brought them out safe from their desperate circumstances.
29 God quieted the storm to a whisper;
the sea’s waves were hushed.
30 So they rejoiced because the waves had calmed down;
then God led them to the harbor they were hoping for.
31 Let them thank the Lord for his faithful love
and his wondrous works for all people.

SO THEY CRIED OUT TO THE LORD

There is a common thread woven throughout this Psalm: THE PEOPLE AND THEIR CRIES, GOD’S MERCIES, AND THEIR CHANGED LIVING.  This THANKSGIVING are you able to give THANKS through how you’re LIVING?  When was the last time that you cried out to Jesus? Tell people about His faithful love.  And most of all let people see your THANKSGIVING by your THANKS-LIVING … and may the peace of God fill your heart.

7 Comments

  • Amen! Happy Thanks-Living to you, as well 🙂 That phrase will stick with me! May we all live lives of thankfulness.
    Blessings and smiles,
    Lori

  • Thank you Lori for sharing, I am so glad that you enjoyed this post. And yes, may we all live lives of thankfulness. Amen

    The Lord bless you,
    Billy

  • So true Pastor Wade, this was such a delight to read.

    God Bless….

  • Thank you Jerry,

    It is always a pleasure to hear from you.
    Blessing to you and your family.

    Your brother in Christ,

    Billy

  • Amen brother!,!

  • The beuaty of thankfullness is so illuminating when we look at it through the eyes of verse 13, amoung others. Thank you for your faithfulness billy.

  • Thank you Brian,

    So good to hear from you. I totally agree with you on verse thirteen, when we cry out to the Lord with sincerity, he hears us and rescues us from all our troubles. Amen

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