Make a joyful shout to the Lord, all you lands! Serve the Lord with gladness; come before His presence with singing.
Know that the Lord, He is God; it is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; we are His people and the sheep of His pasture.
Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting, and His truth endures to all generations.
A Psalm Of Thanksgiving
When John unveils the revelation of the throne of God the stage is filled with heavenly creatures worshiping and praising the Lord giving honor to the one that sat upon the throne. There is an immediate response to all who come into the presence of the Almighty. The heart is filled with praise for the glory of the Almighty as they shout out hymns of gladness to stand before the grace of a loving God. This feeling of praise has longed filled the lips of those who come into the presence of the Lord to worship Him with thanksgiving. Psalms of old are filled with the immediacy of making joyful shouts to the Lord and the spirit of gladness flowing from hearts indebted to the wonderful mercies of a compassionate Creator. Knowing the favor of God elicits a response of joy that fills the lips with shouts of praise to the Lord because there is so much to be thankful for and to acknowledge. Serving the Lord is not a burdensome task but an experience of joyful praise for all the incredible things given by the hand of a benevolent Father. It is not a fearful thing to come before God but an eternal happiness that causes the lips to express a deep love for His grace. People of God are thankful for their many blessings and they shout to the Lord their words of thanksgiving. Singing is an integral part of worshiping the Lord and giving honor to His immense blessings of grace. There is a natural response to thanksgiving that is found in song and praise. Serving the Lord is best done when a spirit of song fills the heart.
Thanksgiving comes from the knowledge the Creator loves His creation. Nothing is greater and more sublime than the understanding that He who formed the creation cares for everything in the life of man. He is Lord and He is God. His authority is firmly established. The role of God as Lord can never be challenged because He is the one who has made us and not we ourselves. There are many things man has been able to accomplish in his brief history that are monumental and grand. These all pale in comparison to the One who can hold the universe in the palm of His hand. What can man do that is greater than that? Thanksgiving must come from a heart humbled by how small the boat of man is in the vast ocean of God’s creation, power, majesty and knowledge. It is He who made us and that must always be remembered to properly address the spirit of thanksgiving. Man is the animal most often referred to as sheep with the Lord as the shepherd. Sheep are timid creatures that cannot care for themselves and must rely upon the shepherd for protection, care and provisions. Like sheep man is dependent upon God as the great shepherd. Everything given to man in life comes from the hand of the Lord and thanksgiving is telling God how much the heart is thankful for all things. The Lord holds the breath of man in His hand. Each day begins by the grace of God and life is extended through the mercy of God. Provisions that help make life bearable come from the hand of the Lord. Thanksgiving is telling the Lord ‘thank you’ for life itself.
As aresponse to the knowledge of God’s providential care the worshiper desires tocome into the gates and court of the Lord with thanksgiving and praise. Joiningwith worshipers who lift up their voices of gladness to the Lord is a time ofgreat thanksgiving. Blessing the name of God is a time of reverent joy to thankthe Lord for all His infinite mercies. The Lord is good and there is no denyingit. His mercy is everlasting and all those who abide in the temple of God honorHim for His everlasting word. Thanksgiving springs from the word of the Lordthat shows righteousness and truth as the divine will of the Creator. All of thewords of God are patterned for the blessing of man. Living under the power ofHis word is where hearts of thankfulness spring because they fill man with theglory of the Creator. Worship is an expression of man to acknowledge theincredible power of God’s divine will to guide, shape and form the life of man.His law is perfect. The way of the Lord is truth. Man’s wisdom ends in folly;God word ends in praise. Thanksgiving fills the soul of man as he walks in thepath of truth. It is not difficult to make a joyful shout to the Lord and toserve Him with gladness because there is so much to be thankful for that comesfrom the hand of God. Happy Thanksgiving in God, His Son Jesus Christ and theHoly Spirit.