Google+ 11/18/13 Be Thankful To God Forever!!!

Psalm 30:10-12

 

Hear me, Lord, and have mercy on me.  Help me, O Lord.”

You have turned my mourning into joyful dancing.
    You have taken away my clothes of mourning and clothed me with joy,
That I might sing praises to you and not be silent.

O Lord my God, I will give you thanks forever!

 

Today we begin a twelve-part devotion series entitled, "Thanks Forever!"  This time of the year has always been extremely important to me.  I grew up in a home where Thanksgiving Day was always a big deal.  While I am an only child, there were always lots of people at our house for Thanksgiving Dinner.  We always had a rule that no Christmas decorations went up until Thanksgiving was over.  How different things are today for the rest of the world.  Recently, we have replaced Thanksgiving with Halloween and have begun to experience "Retail Christmas" starting at the end of September!  This year, more than ever, the stores are fighting over who will open earliest on Thanksgiving. Remember the days when no one was open on Thanksgiving?  As someone said in our church yesterday, "How can they call it 'Black Friday' when it occurs on Thursday?!"  Families are having their "Thanksgiving Day" destroyed by avid shoppers who have to be the first in line to get that new toy or gadget.  Those that aren't standing in line Thanksgiving eve, are having to interrupt their season of thankfulness to serve these misguided retailers who never look at anything but the monetary bottom line.  There are some few business that still observe the sanctity of Thanksgiving and to them I say "Bravo and Praise God!"  This devotion series is not going to be a re-hash of the social media game of mentioning things we might be thankful for, like cell phones and large-screen TV's.  Today we look at the practice of giving thanks to God thru David's eyes.  As you can read in our Scripture, David cries out to God for mercy and help and receives it.  God is good like that!!!  Then David explains how this mercy and help has affected him.  David is no longer sorrowful or in a state of mourning.  Rather, he is dancing!  God has clothed David in joy.  Why?  So that David can sing God's praises and not be silent.  David explains that he will be thankful to God forever.  Can we say the same thing to God about the state of our being?  Has God clothed us in joy?  Have we found eternal thankfulness for God?  I hope that the answer to all three of these questions, for each of us, is a resounding "YES!"  If not, let's do what David did.  Let's cry out to God for help.  Let's not give in to Christmas in September, or celebrate Halloween more than Thanksgiving.  Instead, let's be like David and "Be Thankful To God Forever!!!"