So exactly what should our thanksgiving celebration look like around the dinner table tonight? How can we rightly express the gratitude in our hearts? How can we offer up appropriate thanks and worship to our God?
Well, King David shows us what true heart-felt thanksgiving and worship looks like in the following song. It was originally written on the day that the Ark of God’s Covenant was brought into Jerusalem, symbolizing the return of God’s presence among His people. Here, David beautifully expresses the means, essence, and quality of thanksgiving offered from the heart of a true follower of God. As we look at the song a bit more closely, we can discover the ways in which we can also express our thanks to the Lord this Thanksgiving holiday:
“8 Oh give thanks to the LORD; call upon his name;
make known his deeds among the peoples!
9Sing to him; sing praises to him;
tell of all his wondrous works!
10Glory in his holy name;
let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice!
11Seek the LORD and his strength;
seek his presence continually!
12Remember the wondrous works that he has done,
his miracles and the judgments he uttered,
13O offspring of Israel his servant,
sons of Jacob, his chosen ones …
23Sing to the LORD, all the earth!
Tell of his salvation from day to day.
24Declare his glory among the nations,
his marvelous works among all the peoples!
25For great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised,
and he is to be held in awe above all gods.
26For all the gods of the peoples are idols,
but the LORD made the heavens.
27Splendor and majesty are before him;
strength and joy are in his place.
28Ascribe to the LORD, O clans of the peoples,
ascribe to the LORD glory and strength!
29Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name;
bring an offering and come before him!
Worship the LORD in the splendor of holiness;
30tremble before him, all the earth;
yes, the world is established; it shall never be moved.
31Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice,
and let them say among the nations, “The LORD reigns!”
32Let the sea roar, and all that fills it;
let the field exult, and everything in it!
33Then shall the trees of the forest sing for joy
before the LORD, for he comes to judge the earth.
34Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good;
for his steadfast love endures forever!
‘Save us, O God of our salvation,
and gather and deliver us from among the nations,
that we may give thanks to your holy name,
and glory in your praise.
36Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel,
from everlasting to everlasting!'”-1 Chronicles 16.8-13, 23-36
May we also seek to cultivate such a high view of God so that we too might offer up such beautiful thanks for Him and all that He has done … just think of how radically different our Thanksgiving dinner conversations (and our lives) would be!