Sunday 12/1/13 Pastor Michael sermon The Power and Purpose of Thanksgiving-You Have to Say Something! Psalm 107:1-8, 15, 21-22
Verse 1. Oh give thanks to the Lord! This should be our feeling during the time of Thanksgiving. The Pilgrims came in 1621 and the Indians helped them a lot with planting crops and surviving in the new world. They had the first Thanksgiving feast together, the Indians and the pilgrims. They wanted to give thanks to the Lord. Thanksgiving is not about Black Friday or Cyber Monday. It is about looking back over our life and thanking God for what He has provided to us.
The book of Psalms has the theme of thanksgiving. Being grateful to God is what Psalms is all about. God is a good God! Let us offer the sacrifice of Praise to God continually with the fruit of our lips. We must open our mouth and thank God! The psalmist is telling them that God is good. God is not good based on what we experience but God is a good God and thatís that!
1) We Must Thank God for Our Deliverance from Aimless Living: vs. 4-7
God delivered us out and gave us direction. We need to thank God whether we are experiencing goodness at the moment or not. We must thank God anyhow. You got in the wilderness because of your own bad decisions. Thank God anyway! Still give God thanks. We made bad choices and put ourselves in the issues we face. You have to have a relationship with God to thank him anyhow-no matter what is going on at the present time. We must thank God! We must understand that there are consequences to our behavior but we must give God praise anyhow! Praise God because even in our bad choices, He still does good things for us. We need to thank God for not allowing the full impact of the consequences of our behavior to fall on us. Thank the Lord! Hallelujah! Praise God anyhow! We been thru the fire and DONíT smell like smoke! Thank the Lord!
2) Let the Redeemed of the Lord Say So!
Open up your mouth and tell someone how good God has been to you. Tell them God is still a good God. He woke me up this morning, put dancing in my feet! Hallelujah! Give thanks to the Lord because He is God! OPEN up your mouth!
3) Godís Goodness Never Changes:
Even when we are going through bad stuff, it is obvious that God is going to work some good out of the bad. God cannot do bad stuff to us. The bad choices we made, we did it to ourselves. God is going to work some good out of them. He will work some good out of the bad stuff that we are in RIGHT now! Praise the Lord and trust God to work it out for our good. Bad stuff helps us learn to trust God. In the midst of the bad, God is still GOOD!
God has a plan for us! All the stuff we have been through, we are still here and God has a plan. He is working the good out of what we are going through! Oh give thanks unto the Lord! Regardless of what we go thru, God does not change! Trust the Lord! Praise the Lord! Faith is praising God when we donít see it! Praise the Lord! Let the redeemed of the Lord say so! Praise the Lord anyhow!!