Today’s Thanksgiving passages are from Psalm 9. David challenges us to consider our own praises. Do I give God thanks with my whole heart? Do I remind myself and others of how God has worked in my life?
I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart;
I will recount all of your wonderful deeds.
2 I will be glad and exult in you;
I will sing praise to your name, O Most High.
Do I see God as Just and Righteous? Do I let Him care for me, and seek shelter within His arms? Where am I putting my trust each day?
But the Lord sits enthroned forever;
he has established his throne for justice,
8 and he judges the world with righteousness;
he judges the peoples with uprightness.
9 The Lord is a stronghold for the oppressed,
a stronghold in times of trouble.
10 And those who know your name put their trust in you,
for you, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you.
As you meditate on these verses, consider your heart attitude. Is it one of praise and thankfulness for being who you are, where you are, right now? Are you open to God’s leading, appreciative of His care for you and desirous of pleasing Him with your life? Consider this– God allows things to happen or come into our life- people, events, circumstances to grow us and develop our character (even or especially the hard things). God uses all things in our lives for our good and His glory. Remember Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”
Let thanks and praises be on your lips and in your heart today! God is good and intends good for me and it will bring Him glory.
Because Jesus died on the cross and rose from the dead, I have a holy calling from God. The idea that we are called is an intriguing thought. Called is defined as being summoned or drawn by divine command by God . 2 Timothy 1:9 says this is a high calling, “who saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our works but because of his own purpose and grace, which he gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began,” Our calling is to come to faith and walk each day with Jesus, Paul calls this a holy calling. This implies that God initiated the call and has reasons for calling us to do His work. The verse goes on to say we did nothing to deserve this calling, but God has a plan and a purpose for us. He knows how He will use us in His kingdom for His glory producing in us growth and well being. Our response to His call, by faith in Jesus, is our part and allows us to enter His kingdom and do His work. He calls us because of His grace, giving us what we do not deserve because He loves us and desires to be in relationship with us. God is relational in all aspects of His being.
In various others places in scripture this idea of a holy or special call is used that confirm the idea that God calls and we respond. Paul addresses the letter to the Romans and Corinthians with similar words. Romans 1:7 “To all those in Rome who are loved by God and called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Corinthians 1:9 “God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.” To what and by whom are you feeling called today? If God is calling, you can be assured that He will lead, provide and guide you into His will for His glory. He has great plans for you and He stated so in Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Step out if faith today trusting God with your future and His plans for your good and His glory. There is great hope with Him.
Suggestion: Spend some time today asking God how you can answer His call and bring Him glory. Then be open to the opportunities that He will surely bring!