Thanksgiving Thursday

BE PARTICULAR IN YOUR THANKS TO GOD

“Thank God for success in our callings and affairs, comfort in relations, and comfortable places of abode…

It is God who equips us with strength and makes our way blameless, who has blessed the work of our hands; and it may be that though our beginning was small, yet our latter days will be very great.

Our houses have been safe from fear, and there has been no rod of God upon us; so that glad songs of salvation have been in our tents from day to day.

With our staff it may be we have crossed this Jordan, and now we have become two camps; and it is God who settles the solitary in homes.

If we have enjoyed life with our relations, and they have been to us as a lovely deer, a graceful doe, we must give you thanks for it; for every creature is that to us, and no more, that you make it to be.” (Matthew Henry)

 

SUPPORTS AND COMFORT

 

 

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Thanksgiving Thursday

BE PARTICULAR IN YOUR THANKS TO GOD

“Thank God for granting you recovery from danger…

For signal recoveries from danger by sickness or otherwise.

When perhaps there has been but a step between us and death, and when we have felt that we have received the sentence of death, and have been ready to say, ‘In the middle of our days we must depart; we are consigned to the gates of Sheol for the rest of our years’; yet in love you have delivered our lives from the pit of destruction and cast all our sins behind your back.

When the snares of death have encompassed us and the pangs of Sheol have laid hold on us, we have called on the name of the LORD and have found that gracious is the LORD, and righteous, yes, our God is merciful; we have been brought low, and he has saved us, and has delivered our souls from death, our eyes from tears, and our feet from stumbling. We will therefore walk before the LORD in the land of the living.” (Matthew Henry)

 

Preservation

 

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RECONCILIATION

“Reconciliation with God is one of the most central motives for preaching Jesus Christ and him crucified. It is all-embracive. In atonement imagery is the language of the law court, temple, slave market, military conflict and the notion of a personal relationship with Christ. Reconciliation embraces the fruition of all those things. The broken relation with God through Satan and sin is restored through the person and work of Christ. Reconciliation is important because it provides for us a splendid way of preaching the gospel at the beginning of the 21st century. The language of the ideologies of our times has been that of alienation, whether Marxist or psychiatric or in interpersonal relationships with the prevalence of marital breakdown. There is a consciousness of a variety of alienations and non-Christian counseling has no answer. The New Testament stress is not on felt needs, but there is a need; and the result of the reconciling achievement of Christ is that thanksgiving overflows to God.” (Sinclair Ferguson)

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Thanksgiving Thursday

BE PARTICULAR IN YOUR THANKS TO GOD

“We must give thanks for our preservation; that our lives are prolonged and the use of our reason and understanding, our limbs and senses, are continued to us…

It was owing to your good providence that we did not die at birth, and did not come out from the womb and expire; that the knees received us, and the breasts, that we should nurse.

Though before birth we were called rebels, yet by your power we have been borne by you from before our birth and carried from the womb; and you keep our souls among the living and have not let our foot slip.

All our bones shall say, ‘O LORD, who is like you!’ For you keep the bones, and not one of them is broken.

We lay down and sleep, for you, LORD, make us to dwell in safety.

You have commanded your angels concerning us, to guard us in all our ways; to bear us up in their hands, lest we strike our foot against a stone. And they are all ministering spirits, sent out to serve for the good of those who are to inherit salvation.” (Matthew Henry)

CREATED IN HIS IMAGE

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BE PARTICULAR IN YOUR THANKS TO GOD

“Thank God for making you in His image…

We must give thanks that he has made us reasonable creatures, capable of knowing, loving, serving, and enjoying him, and that he has not made us like the beasts that perish.

We praise you, for we are fearfully and wonderfully made; and that our souls, our nobler part, know very well; for no man knows a person’s thoughts except the spirit of that person, which is in him.

You have made us of that rank of beings which is a little lower than the heavenly beings and is crowned with glory and honor; for it is the spirit in man, the breath of the Almighty, that makes him understand;  and the spirit of a man is the lamp of the LORD.

Our bodies are capable of being the temples of the Holy Spirit, and our souls of having the Spirit of God dwell in them; we therefore glorify you with our bodies and with our spirits, which are both yours.

You, Lord, have formed us for yourself, that we might declare your praise.” (Matthew Henry)

THE GOODNESS OF HIS NATURE

 

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BE PARTICULAR IN YOUR THANKS TO GOD

“For the many instances of His goodness…

The goodness of His providence relating to our bodies and the life that now is; and this, first, with reference to all the creatures and the world of mankind in general:

You have stretched out the heavens like a tent, and in them you have set a tent for the sun, which comes out like a bridegroom leaving his chamber, and, like a strong man, runs its course with joy. And you make your sun rise on the evil and on the good, and send rain on the just and on the unjust.

When we look at the heavens, the work of your fingers, the sun, the moon, and the stars which you have set in place, Lord, what is man that you care for him? For truly the light is sweet, and it is pleasant for the eyes to see the sun: All glory be to the Father of light, who commands the morning and causes the dawn to know its place.

You did not leave yourself without witness among the nations, in that you did good by giving them rains from heaven and fruitful seasons, satisfying their hearts with food and gladness.

You cover the heavens with clouds, and prepare rain for the earth, and make grass grow on the hills. You give to the beasts their food, and to the young ravens that cry.

You bring rain on the desert in which there is no man, to satisfy the waste and desolate land.

You visit the earth and water it; you greatly enrich it; the river of God is full of water; you provide their grain, for so you have prepared it. You water its furrows abundantly, settling its ridges, softening it with showers, and blessing its growth. You crown the year with your bounty; your wagon tracks overflow with abundance.

You make springs gush forth in the valleys; they flow between the hills; they give drink to every beast of the field; and beside them the birds of the heavens dwell; they sing among the branches.

You have set the earth on its foundations, so that it should never be moved; you set a boundary to the waters of the sea, so that they might not again cover the earth. You have shut up the sea with doors, and prescribed limits for it, saying, ‘Thus far shall you come, and no farther; here shall your proud waves be stayed.’ And you have made good what you have sworn, that the waters of Noah shall no more go over the earth.

Your covenant with the day and with the night is not broken; but still you give the sun for light by day and the fixed order of the moon and the stars for light by night, and are faithful to that covenant of providence: That while the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, shall not cease.

The heavens are the LORD’s heavens, but the earth you have given to the children of man; and you have put all things under their feet, and given them dominion over the works of your hands; so that the fear of man and the dread of man is upon every beast of the earth and upon the birds of the heavens, and into his hand they are delivered; because you had a favor to him and delighted in the children of man.

You cause the grass to grow for the livestock and plants for man to cultivate, that you may bring forth food from the earth and wine to gladden the heart of man, oil to make his face shine, and bread to strengthen his heart.

You give to all life and breath and everything; and the earth, O LORD, is full of your steadfast love.

All the creatures look to you, to give them their food in due season. When you give it to them, they gather it up; when you open your hand, they are filled with good things. When you send forth your Spirit, they are created, and you renew the face of the ground. This, your glory, shall endure forever, and you rejoice in these works.

It is through your goodness, O Lord, that as one generation of mankind goes, another generation comes; and that you have not blotted out the name of that corrupt and guilty race from under heaven.” (Matthew Henry)

THE GOODNESS OF HIS NATURE

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BE PARTICULAR IN YOUR THANKS TO GOD

“For the discoveries that he has made to us in his word of the goodness of his nature…

We give thanks to the God of gods, to the Lord of lords, for his steadfast love endures forever.

Your goodness is your glory, and it is for that which all your works give thanks to you and all your saints bless you.

You are gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love, and have told us that you do not willingly afflict or grieve the children of men; but, though you cause grief, you will have compassion according to the abundance of your steadfast love.

You take pleasure in those who fear you, in those who hope in your steadfast love.” (Matthew Henry)

STIR YOURSELF UP TO PRAISE GOD

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Thanksgiving Thursday

STIR YOURSELF UP TO PRAISE GOD

“Our errand at the throne of grace is not only to seek the favor of God, but to ascribe to Him the glory due His name, and that, not only by an awful adoration of His infinite perfections, but by a grateful acknowledgment of His goodness to us, which cannot indeed add anything to His glory, but He is pleased to accept of it and to reckon Himself glorified by it, if it comes from a heart that is humbly sensible of its own unworthiness to receive any favor from God, that values the gifts and loves the Giver of them.

We must stir up ourselves to praise God with the consideration both of the reason and of the encouragement we have to praise Him.

We give thanks to you, O God; we give thanks to You, for Your name is near. We recount Your wondrous deeds.

Let our souls bless the LORD, and let all that is within us bless his Holy name; yes, let our souls bless the LORD and forget not all His benefits.

We will praise the Lord, for it is good, it is pleasant, and praise befits the upright.

It is good to give thanks to the LORD, to sing praises to Your name, O Most High; to declare Your steadfast love in the morning and Your faithfulness by night.

We will extol you, our God and King, and bless Your name forever and ever. Every day we will bless You and praise Your name forever and ever; we will pour forth the fame of Your abundant goodness and sing aloud of Your righteousness.

We will sing to the LORD a new song and His praise in the assembly of the godly. Let Israel be glad in His Maker; let the children of Zion rejoice.

Let the godly exult in glory, and in their King.

Let the high praises of God be in their hearts and in their throats.

We will bless the LORD as long as we live; we will sing praises to our God while we have our being; and when we have no being on earth, we hope to have a being in heaven, to be doing it better.

We are here through Jesus Christ to offer up a sacrifice of praise to You, which we desire to do continually, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge Your name.

And you have said that he who offers thanksgiving as his sacrifice glorifies You, and that this will please the LORD more than an ox or a bull with horns and hoofs.

We will recount the steadfast love of the LORD, the praises of the LORD, according to all that the LORD has granted us, and the great goodness to the house of Israel that He has granted them according to His compassion, according to the abundance of His steadfast love.” (Matthew Henry)

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