Be Thankful

Painting_Thanksgiving[1]We are told in Psalm 100:4, “Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, into his courts with praise.” The natural question to follow is, why? We are told in the third verse, “Know that the Lord, He is God; it is He who has made us.” (Psalm 100:3)

We do not know when but at some point, we become self-aware, and man in his fallen condition says to himself, “I AM.” It is almost as though we loose sight of the fact that we did not always exist, we know we were born in time, however, “I deserve to live and never die,” is the echo of our sinful heart. The universe seems to revolve around me.

The Psalmist takes a different view when he says, “Know you that the LORD he is God: it is he that has made us,” verse three. In the original language it reads, “know Jehovah Elohim has made us,’ and the context is, His people.” Redemption is in view, however, creation comes first. It may be assumed by the writer, as perhaps with us today, but be assured we did not have to be.

It is God’s first mercy to create each one of us, by His arbitrary will, and fashion us in the image of His Son. We can take this fact for granted but it will cost us a degree of gratitude, thanksgiving, and praise.

The Christian is one so humbled beneath the sacrifice of Christ on the cross that he views all of life, including his own creation, as a generous gift of God’s grace and mercy. Never take for granted that God created you as if He had to, nothing could be further from the truth!

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