2019-11-28 - Thanks Be to God
Of course, we should all give thanks tp God every day; however, many of us are especially intentional about this on Thanksgiving Day. In fact, this is not exclusivly done verbally. Even enjoying dinner and other traditions with loved ones is a way of expressing thanks, if done with a grateful heart. With that in mind, we share several thanksgiving-related passages from varying Bible versions. We hope that all of you are having a meaningful holiday. I use that word purposefully. The origin of that word is "holy day," and I am reclaiming the original meaning.
Ephesians 5:18-20 (Geneva Revised Version)
18 And do not be drunk with wine (wherein is wastefulness). But, be filled with the Spirit, 19 speaking to yourselves in Psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord in your hearts, 20 giving thanks always, for all things, to God, even the Father, in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Psalm 105 1:22 (Tree of Life Version)
Praise Adonai, call upon His Name.
Make known His deeds among the peoples.
Sing to Him, sing praises to Him—
tell about all His wonders!
Glory in His holy Name.
Let the heart of those who seek Adonai rejoice.
Seek Adonai and His strength,
seek His face always.
Remember His wonders that He has done,
His miracles and the judgments of His mouth,
O seed of Abraham, His servant,
O children of Jacob, His chosen ones.
He is Adonai our God.
His judgments are in all the earth.
He remembers His covenant forever—
the word He commanded for a thousand generations—
which He made with Abraham,
and swore to Isaac,
and confirmed to Jacob as a decree,
to Israel as an everlasting covenant,
saying, “To you I give the land of Canaan,
the portion of your inheritance.&drquo;
When they were but few in number,
few indeed, and foreigners in it,[a]
wandering from nation to nation,
from one kingdom to another people,
He allowed no one to oppress them—
for their sake He rebuked kings:
“Touch not My anointed ones,
and do My prophets no harm.&drquo;
He called down a famine on the land.
He broke the whole supply of bread.
He sent a man before them—
Joseph, sold as a slave.
They hurt His feet with shackles,
he was put in irons—
till the time that his word came true—
the word of Adonai proved him true!
The king sent and released him.
The ruler of the peoples set him free.
He made him lord of his house,
ruler over all his possessions,
to discipline his princes at his will,
and teach his elders wisdom.
1 Chronicles 16:34 (NIV)
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
his love endures forever.
Janice P. Moser
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All verses are from the New American Standard Version (NASB) unless otherwise noted.
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