It is rare that an element of worship gets its own holiday. I don’t know how you feel about Thanksgiving Day, but I am a huge fan, maybe because it is obviously a holiday designed by a guy. After all, it combines all of the ingredients of a guy’s perfect day: tons of food, loads of football, and naps. While these elements are fun (for the guys) what is great about Thanksgiving is that we typically take the time to thank God for the many ways that he has blessed us.
Even though giving thanks gets its own special day, if we want to pursue true worship, we need to express our thanks to God every day. In addition to adoration and confession, thanksgiving plays a major role in our worship.
In 1 Thessalonians 5, Paul calls on us to give thanks in all circumstances. God has provided for us in so many ways. We have the basic necessities such as food, water, and shelter. In addition to these things, we are thankful for transportation, jobs, friends, and for just being alive.
In our comparison-based society it is so easy for us to see what others have and believe that we are somehow deprived. However, when we have a spirit of thanksgiving, we know that what we do have has been given to us by our God. We are able to thank him for every blessing.
In Psalm 111 the psalmist thanks God for several things. He thanks God for providing food. He thanks God for the lands where his people live. He thanks God for his precepts which help direct the people to a fuller life.
The psalmist also thanks God for God’s promise of redemption. Understand that the psalmist is praising God’s promise because they have not yet experienced the fulfillment of that promise. That would occur many years later when Jesus would come and redeem his people and pay the price for their sin. How much more should we thank God as we are the redeemed people who have experienced the fulfillment of this promise. If we had nothing else to thank God for, his salvation should be enough to satisfy our hearts.
Take a few minutes and think of the things that God has provided for you just today. Spend some time thanking God for the little things, the big things, the past things, and the promises of future things. Most of all, thank him for the redemption that you have experienced.