This week has been one of thanksgiving, and thanksgiving is one way we worship God. Worship is giving worth to God and living in response to His great worth. The more we value God, the more we give thanks to God, and with our thanksgiving we worship Him.
David commanded the people of Israel to do just that. Read 1 Chronicles 16:28-30:
28 Ascribe to the Lord, O families of the peoples,
ascribe to the Lord glory and strength!
29 Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name;
bring an offering and come before him!
Worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness;
30 tremble before him, all the earth;
yes, the world is established; it shall never be moved.
Today give thanks to God by telling Him how great He is. Ascribe to Him glory, power, honor, and praise. Worship the Lord in the splendor of His holiness. Reflect on how good God is, and then telling Him as an act of worship.
In the midst of their day of thanksgiving as the Ark was being brought back to the Jerusalem, David points to a greater day of thanksgiving to come. A future day when God’s presence will fill the earth at the return of Christ. Read verses 31-33:
31 Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice,
and let them say among the nations, “The Lord reigns!”
32 Let the sea roar, and all that fills it;
let the field exult, and everything in it!
33 Then shall the trees of the forest sing for joy
before the Lord, for he comes to judge the earth.
As we reflect on this past week of Thanksgiving, we need to be reminded of an even greater Day of Thanksgiving to come. The day when Jesus will return to judge the earth and all of creation will proclaim, “The Lord reigns!” So give thanks to God today, and let it point others to the greater Day of Thanksgiving to come!
And now to summarize the week.
34 Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
for his steadfast love endures forever!
Now go and give thanks, and not just this week, but every week forevermore.