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November 21 – Faith And Thanksgiving

“Then on that day David first appointed that thanksgiving be sung to the LORD by Asaph and his brothers.  ‘Oh give thanks to the LORD; call upon His Name; make known His deeds among the peoples!  Sing to Him, sing praises to Him; tell of all His wondrous works!  Glory in His holy Name; let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice!'”  1 Chronicles 16:7-10

Devotional Thought For The Day

The occasion on “that day” was the arrival of the Ark of the Covenant in Jerusalem.  One cannot help but make comparison to the joy of that celebration some 3,000 years ago and the current circumstances of modern day Jerusalem.  Much has changed, but the greatest difference is that of the faith of David versus the “faith” that is predominant in modern Israel. In David’s time the Gaza strip was inhabited by the Philistines – a rowdy, idolatrous, and violent group of city states which often warred against Israel. They were the chief target of Samson’s retaliations, and they had prevailed against Saul and his son Jonathon, David’s close friend.  David finally brought them under control and subjugated them.

David’s faith was in the Messiah, the promises of God that an “anointed One” was coming to make atonement for our sins.  These promises made him bold in faith, to grasp and hold on to God’s gracious forgiveness and mercy, even in the face of the terrible personal sins David committed over the course of his life.  One can find expressions of this faith in Psalm 32 and Psalm 51 and Psalm 130, and many more. These same psalms of David have comforted millions of God’s people through the ages, especially those who have come to know His love in the Savior Jesus Christ.  Sadly, most in Israel today have rejected this wondrous Messiah, and proclaiming the faith of David is in many instances illegal in Jerusalem today.

What such faith moves people to do is made clear in this song of David.  Chiefly, it is thanksgiving to God, profuse thanksgiving to God, and the praise and glorification of His Name – which is the revelation of God as our Savior, our righteousness, our sanctification, and our redemption.  This is what the Ark of the Covenant, with its mercy seat, was all about – pointing people to the coming Messiah and urging genuine faith and trust in God’s gracious mercy and forgiveness, His steadfast and unfailing love.  How can such realities, at least for people of faith, not move them to great thanksgiving and praise of God?  It is a sad reality in America today that fewer people are “thankful,” and that so many are no longer thankful toward God and are unbelieving and unwilling to praise Him. But the hearts of those who seek Him still rejoice to this day!

It remains to this day our privilege and our task in life to “make known His deeds among the peoples!” We are among those who cannot help but sing praise to God, praises chiefly of thanksgiving, as we look forward to the return of the Lord Jesus Christ and the new aeon.  Israel has forgotten all about this, as have many of our fellow citizens here in America.  Surely God’s people of faith today have not forgotten and cannot remain silent about so great a salvation!  So let us “give thanks to the LORD” and “call upon His Name.”  Tomorrow is one opportunity – find a church nearby that still celebrates Thanksgiving with worship of God. Make it a point to “make known His deeds” at the least among your family, and if possible with others.  Share in the faith, joy, hope, and confidence of David and all of God’s holy people – and “glory in His holy Name.”

Prayer For The Day

Dear Lord Jesus Christ, there is so much that You have done for us that our whole lives should be filled with thanksgiving, praise, rejoicing, worship, and witness to others.  Fill us with faith and the exuberant joy of David that our whole existence be a litany of praise to You.  Amen.