By LOU TISCIONE
Thanksgiving is a time set apart to thank God for all His blessings. It now appears that stores are trying to get a jump on Christmas shopping by beginning “Black Friday” on Thanksgiving Day! Our culture continues to push a secular agenda on all of us. Now the press of shopping is crowding out a time of personal reflection on the goodness of God.
This year, I’ve taken some time to reflect upon this phenomenon as it relates to Thanksgiving Day. More specifically, how it relates to individual motivations.
We know that giving thanks is a response of Creatures to their Creator. Thanksgiving to God is inseparable to praising God. In order to give God thanks it is necessary to acknowledge His mighty works and His attributes. We give thanks to the one who provides all things; is the Lord of all things and always good.
King David wrote Psalm 65 and it has been used throughout the history of the Bible as a song of worship. Verse 1, “Praise is due to you, O God, in Zion, and to you shall vows be performed.” King David under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit put everything into a right perspective. He declared that praise is owed to God! Praise is the verbal declaration of the mighty works of God and His character. We are Creatures and we are in debt to the Creator. We are all called to remind ourselves that all we have and all that we enjoy has been provided by the hand of the sovereign God. We fulfill our debt to God by remembering those mighty acts recorded in the Scriptures. It is expected that we will not keep those acts of God to ourselves. Praising God not only is required but it is the means to experience true peace in the midst of turmoil.