Psalm 106.1


Psalm 106

            Well, Thanksgiving Day is upon us again.  It starts “THE season” off.  But what is thanksgiving?  A day for an excuse to see relatives and friends?  A day to be excused from school or work?  A day for the retailers to make extra money?  Thanksgiving, according to the Thesaurus, is acknowledging a blessing by way of (1) a prayer that offers thanks to God, (2) an expression or an act of giving thanks, and (3) a public acknowledgment or celebration of divine goodness.  According to our national tradition, it is a day set aside to give thanks.

          In Psalm 106, we see Israel giving thanks to God in the blessing of God’s forgiveness for all of their sins.  The sins they committed against a Holy God.  It begins in verse one with, “Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good!  For His mercy endures forever.”  In the following verses, they ask God for mercy and forgiveness…forgiveness for committing iniquity and wickedness (verse 6).  For NOT remembering God’s mercies, but rebelled against Him (verse 7).  Yet, God saved them (verse 8) from those who hated them and set out to destroy them (verse 10).  But it wasn’t long, and the Israelites forgot God again.  They forgot His blessings, they forgot His works and deliverance (verse 13).  They even made images and worshipped them (verses 20, 21).  They had forgotten their Savior!  They did not believe God’s Word and complained (verse 25) that God’s ways were too hard.  They rebelled again against the Holy Spirit (verse 33).  They mingled (hooked up) with the unbelievers, served their gods, even sacrificed their own sons and daughters.  They were defiled by their own works and played the part of the prostitute (verses 35 through 39).  They forgot God and rebelled many times.  But when they cried out to Him, He heard them and answered.  Not only did God answer, but blessed them again and again with mercy and forgiveness.

          May we always remember…not just one day then forget…but the final words in this Psalm of thanksgiving…save us, O Lord our God.  We give thanks to Your holy name, to triumph in Your praise.  Blessed be the Lord God of Israel from everlasting to everlasting!  And let all the people say, “Amen”.

          With thanksgiving in mind let me share with you a story found in the Pastor’s Update, May 1996.  While on a short-term missions trip, Pastor Jack Hinton was leading worship at a leper colony on the island of Tobago.  A woman who had been facing away from the pulpit turned around.

          “It was the most hideous face I had ever seen,” Hinton said.  “The woman’s nose and ears were entirely gone.  She lifted a fingerless hand in the air and asked, ‘Can we sing “Count Your Many Blessings”?’”

          Overcome with emotion, Hinton left the service.  He was followed by a team member who said, “I guess you’ll never be able to sing that song again.”

          “Yes I will,” he replied, “but I’ll never sing it the same way.”

          We have a lot to be thankful for.  Every finger, every toe, ear, nose, the ability to walk, talk, see, hear, laugh, and love.  May we always remember to thank God for ALL His blessings each and every day, not just one day of the year.

          Happy Thanksgiving.  But thank you Lord God for All Your Blessings!  Especially our Salvation, which is in Christ Jesus!  And let all the people say, “Amen”.
"His Word, His Work, His Way",
Pastor Robby



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