One of my favorite Thanksgiving memories includes Psalm 100, which always seemed to be read at my Christian elementary school in honor of Thanksgiving. To this day, it stands out in my mind regarding this special holiday. Of course, the meaning holds more depth now that I’m an adult, yet Psalm 100 impacted me even as a child. I considered it a fitting declaration to our awesome God, and so it remains in 2020.
Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands. Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing. Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.”
Isn’t that beautiful? The psalmist’s words of long ago inspire us to worship and praise. In 2020. Yes, we are blessed indeed as children of the living God.
Perhaps my paraphrase of Psalm 100 will speak to you, too:
People far and wide, let’s lift our voices in joyful praise to the Lord. Let’s serve Him wholeheartedly as an overflow of our joy in Christ, singing melodies unto the One who sits on the throne. May the certainty of who HE is—our God and our Creator—rest securely within, reminding us we belong to Him. We, His sheep, should follow Him, for we desperately need His guidance. Let’s approach our Lord daily with thanksgiving, praise, and the blessing of His name. Because God is good, merciful, and true.
Happy Thanksgiving, my friends. We’ve certainly endured a year of unforseen, unprecedented events, and it’s not over yet. But our eternal God remains on His throne, worshiped constantly by seraphim who cry, “Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory” (Isaiah 6:3). May we join their chorus, humbled in God’s awesome presence … touched by His mercy and grace.