One of the most beautiful words in the English language is “thanksgiving.” It involves gratitude and appreciation. It is a wonderful thing to be thankful, both to God and others. People are thankful for a variety of reasons. One of these reasons should be for life itself. The fact that we are alive, breathing, and enjoying a measure of health and strength should definitely be appreciated.
The United States designates the fourth Thursday in November as “Thanksgiving Day,” and is a public holiday. Everyone can celebrate this day however they choose. As christians, many of us utilize the season to render thanks to Almighty God for His bountiful goodness and mercy each day of our lives. One verse of an ancient hymn goes like this, “When all thy mercies, O, my God, my rising soul surveys. Transported in the view I’m lost in wonder, love, and praise.”
The Bible sets forth the “what” and “why” of giving praise and thanksgiving to God, the Creator of the universe. Psalm 100 (also known as “Old 100th”) is a psalm of gladness and thanksgiving to the God of heaven. This psalm can also be considered a doxology or hallelujah chorus of praise and worship to Almighty God for His faithfulness to His people, and uttered by the Christian Church
Verse 1. “Make a joyful shout to the LORD all you lands! Because christians are a “rejoicing people,” making a joyful shout to the LORD should be a natural exercise coming from worshipful hearts with a cheerful spirit. This brings to mind the beautiful thanksgiving hymn, “Now thank we all our God With hearts and hands and voices, Who wondrous things hath done, In whom His earth rejoices” (Martin Rinkhart, 1586-1649). It means that God’s people are in every land and are capable of honoring Him with a joyful shout of thanksgiving and praise.