November 25, 2020
“Hallelujah! Give praise, servants of the Lord; praise the name of the Lord. Let the name of the Lord be blessed both now and forever. From the rising of the sun to its setting,
let the name of the Lord be praised.” – Psalm 113:1-2
Tomorrow we celebrate Thanksgiving. So, this time of year we concentrate on thankfulness. We look at our lives and all the blessings we have received, and we offer our thanks to the One who has cared for us. But even this kind of thankfulness can be self-centered at times. There must be more.
Charles Spurgeon said, “There should be a parallel between our supplications and our thanksgivings. We ought not leap in prayer, and limp praise.” The cycle of our relationship with God is often supplication (asking), and then thankfulness for what we receive. But in this cycle, we often leave out praise. Praise means we are thankful and worshipful toward God simply because of who he is. We praise him for his power, his sovereignty, his wisdom, his kindness, his righteousness, his love…and a multitude of other attributes. So tomorrow, as you take time to thank God for all he has given you, don’t forget to thank God for who he is.
Give praise, servants of the Lord;
praise the name of the Lord.
Let the name of the Lord be blessed
both now and forever.
From the rising of the sun to its setting,
let the name of the Lord be praised.
The Lord is exalted above all the nations,
his glory above the heavens.
Who is like the Lord our God—
the one enthroned on high,
who stoops down to look
on the heavens and the earth?
He raises the poor from the dust
and lifts the needy from the trash heap
in order to seat them with nobles—
with the nobles of his people.
He gives the childless woman a household,
making her the joyful mother of children.
– Psalm 113
In Christ’s Service,
Pastor Shane Cannon