Lessons 42—November 23, 2014
A Testimony of Thanksgiving
Scripture: Psalm 100
To remind us this Thanksgiving to be thanks giving.
Have you ever noticed how as parents we quickly teach our children to express their gratitude and say, “Thank you”? Most parents remember the first time their child said, “Thank you,” without any prompting or bribing. It was truly one of those memorable moments—a “fist-pumping yes” moment of life. Parents take special delight in their children expressing gratitude and appreciation. With those childhood “thank yous,” parents hope they are establishing attitudes of appreciation and gratefulness that will last a lifetime.
• How can parents set the examples for their children concerning the attitude of a grateful heart?
• Have you personally ever prayed a prayer of total thanksgiving? Without asking or petitioning, have you ever prayed total thanks unto God?
The theme of this great psalm is worship. It is primarily a call to
worship. The psalm was sung at the entry unto the temple. It is a call
to worship God, a call for all people from “all lands” to worship Him.
The words “make a joyful noise,” or “make a joyful shout” in the
Hebrew language, are an energized command with reference to public praise. There is certainly an appropriate time and place to honor Him with the joyful shout of public praise. The appropriate time and place should be defined by all honor to Him, all glory to Him, and led by the Holy Spirit as He moves in the hearts of His people.
• What makes you shout? In your life, what makes you respond or react with a shout?
(V2) “Serve the Lord with gladness.”
With a gladness of heart, the worshippers of God were instructed to express their worship. In verse two, we find the motive, aim and spirit of the service rendered to God in worship. It is to be done with a joyful heart, expressing the gladness of serving Him. This gladness of heart is an attraction to others to worship God. Worship was to be joyful and done with a gladness of heart.
• Why should our worship be a joyful kind of worship?
• What are some ways we express our joy in worship?
• What does the countenance of a person say about worship?
(V3) “Know that the Lord, He is God.”
This is a great and glorious declaration. It is the confession of a genuine faith. From the Old Testament mindset, no greater truth could be known and expressed. It literally meant “Yahweh alone is God.”
• How do we collectively express our worship to God?
• How do you personally express your worship to God?
As we approach Thanksgiving Day, can you think of a better occasion then this to spend a little time meditating on worship and thanksgiving to God?
(V4) “Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise.” These words were actually sung as people entered the sanctuary. They were words of instruction for the worshippers to enter the sanctuary with the mindset of worship and praise.
• This morning, do you have anything to praise Him for? Is there true thanksgiving in your heart? Will you write a brief testimony of thanksgiving?
(V4b) “Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.” What does it mean to you personally to “bless His name”?
(V5) “For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting and His truth endures to all generations.
• In your own words, prayerfully explain the goodness of God.
As we (true believers) understand the wonder of God’s grace and faithfulness, we can’t help but praise Him.
• How do you express your thanksgiving to Him?
• Is Thanksgiving Day truly a day of thanks giving for you and your family?
• Do you have any Thanksgiving traditions that are a part of your life and family?