1 Chron. 16:8-10 - Oh give thanks to the LORD, call upon His name; Make known His deeds among the peoples. 9 Sing to Him, sing praises to Him; Speak of all His wonders.
10 Glory in His holy name; Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
As we in the United States get ready to celebrate Thanksgiving tomorrow I hope we have made giving "Thanks" to God a part of our everyday life because when we "give thanks" to God we please Him.
I would like to "Thank Him" for getting me over to and back home from Africa this past Sunday.
I once again was honored and humbled teaching at the Messiah Theological Institute in Mbale, Uganda last week. A great big heartfelt thanks goes out to JP and Jill Robinson for allowing me to stay in their home and Dennis Okoth for allowing me to teach at MTI.
God had given this information to Moses 400+ years earlier and He had not changed His mind on how He wanted the Ark to be moved.
The Ark of the Covenant was now moved back into Jerusalem and King David is one happy Israelite and so is God.
There are two different Hebrew words being used for "sing." The first word "sing" means to "extend the hands" as you are praising Him and the second word "sing" means to "strike with the fingers."
This would be done as you touch the strings of a musical instrument. One would celebrate in song with a musical instrument being played. In other words some will be singing with outstretched arms while others are playing musical instruments.
While you are singing to Him you would speak of all His wonders and to "Glory in His Name" means "to boast about God and His accomplishments" and your heart would be glad.
I am sure we have all bragged about something our children or grandchildren have done in their life. With smiles on our faces and joy in our hearts we let others know of their accomplishments. This is how Christians are to praise God with smiles on our faces and joy in our hearts. We can't wait to inform others of God's deeds.
Has God healed you from a disease? Has God blessed your family with the birth of a child? Has God given you a new job? Have you led someone to Christ this year?
Sins can be forgiven because Jesus lived a perfect life, offered His blood to atone for our sins and was resurrected from the grave.
We really have something to be Thankful for this year and every year if we have given our lives to Christ.
If you haven't given your life to Christ don't you believe it is about time?
All you have to do is confess Christ to be your Lord and Savior (Rom.10:9) and be baptized for the forgiveness of your sins and to receive the gift of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38).
Have a Happy Thanksgiving!
Be a Blessing in someone's life today.
Think on This:
Hem your blessings with Thankfulness so they don't unravel.
Gary A. Serago
Minister of God's Word
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