“Wherefore David blessed the LORD before all the congregation: and David said, Blessed be thou, LORD God of Israel our father, for ever and ever. Thine, O LORD, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine; thine is the kingdom, O LORD, and thou art exalted as head above all. Both riches and honour come of (from) thee, and thou reignest over all; and in thine hand is power and might; and in thine hand it is to make great, and to give strength unto all. Now therefore, our God, we thank thee, and praise thy glorious name. But who am I, and what is my people, that we should be able to offer so willingly after (as) this sort? for all things come of (from) thee, and of thine own have we given thee.” I Chronicles 29:10-14
When I was a kid, we went to church on Thanksgiving, but my mom would stay home to cook the feast we were going to enjoy later in the day. Thanksgiving was one of my favorite holidays as we often had a feast at school the day before, and we were able to dress up in costume. Then, we didn't have to go to school on Thanksgiving and the next day, and it was like a kick off to Christmas. I always struggled in the church service as I could not wait to get home and watch some football and enjoy the delicious meal my mom was preparing. My mind was focused on my mom’s rolls more so then being in service and giving God the praise He was due.
My dad would sometimes take us for a little snack prior to church so our stomachs would not rumble during the service. Our church’s anniversary was around the time of Thanksgiving, so usually we had services the whole week that would culminate on Thanksgiving Day. Our pastor would open the mic to individuals who wanted to thank God for His goodness. I remember hearing people speak and my selfish mind was just wanting them to hurry up so we could go home and eat. I heard the testimonies, but I did not listen as I should have. There seemed to be an electricity in the church as people spoke of the goodness of God and how he was working in their lives. We had some who were newly saved and they shared how their life had been transformed by power of God.
I look back to that time and regret that I did not listen as I should have, and that I did not join in proclaiming God’s goodness as David did in this passage. At this time in Israel's history, the people were giving to enhance the beauty of the temple, and David did not want them to forget the blessing of the LORD. We all tend to forget God’s goodness even though it is evident all around us. We tend to think we created our own wealth, and we forget there is no such thing as one that is "self made". We owe everything we have and are to our great Creator. What a shame when we don’t thank Almighty God for all He does and all He continues to do. Our riches are not based on our bank accounts, possessions, or 401(k), but we are spiritually rich in Him. Our God is to be exalted above all things, and we should always remember from Whom our bounty comes.
On this day of Thanksgiving, what are you thankful for? Do you realize all that He has done for you? Do you remember who and what you were prior to knowing Christ? Do you have an attitude of gratitude or do you only do it once a year? Do you complain more than you give thanks? May we not take for granted God’s goodness, and may we look beyond the physical things when reflecting on the goodness of our God. May Thanksgiving not simply be a rush to get to the food, but may we be in a rush to give praise to our God from where all blessings flow. James 1:17 states, “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness (variation), neither shadow of turning.” God is good...all the time. Amen!
Stay in the fight!