Psalm 100:1 A Psalm of praise. Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands.
Ps 100:2 Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing.
Ps 100:3 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.
Ps 100:4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
Ps 100:5 For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.

Thanksgiving Day is a holiday that is different than all the rest. It doesn’t commemorate a battle or anyone’s birthday. It is simply a day set aside to express our thanks to God.

But I hear alot being said on television and facebook and other media about being thankful. But alot of these people are very careful not to say whom or what they are thankful to. I don't know if its Buddah, Mohammed, karma, or maybe their lucky stars.

Thanksgiving was set aside to give thanks to God Almighty the Living God.

Did you know that in 1789, George Washington made a public proclamation saying that, “It is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor?” He recommended and assigned Thursday, the 26th day of November 1789 to be a day of Thanksgiving.

But being thankful to God was proclaimed long before George Washington, had any thing to do with it, even before the pilgrims.

I typed thanksgiving into the search box on my Bible program and found 30 scriptures I want to look at one of those Scriptures because I found 5 instructions that will help us praise God for His blessings.

1- JOY

Psalm 100:1 Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands.

Can we do that? Let's try. THANK YOU LORD! All together now.

We don’t have problems shouting at a ball game, but we very seldom raise our voice in church. I remember when people would get joyful in church, sing and clap and, yes, sometimes shout.

The war is over. The victory has been won. Jesus has redeemed us from the curse. He has set us free from the law of sin and death.
We need to shout praises to God. I have read the end of the Book. I know who won the war. I know who has victory.
​Praise be to God on high!

I need to shout joyfully because God has won the victory. We need to be filled with joy and shout about it.

2-GLADNESS

Psalm 100:2 Serve the Lord with gladness; Come before His presence with singing.

There are times when we come into worship almost like they are coming to a funeral service.
I’ll tell you the truth we need to come in here like we are coming into a resurrection service. My Lord has risen from the dead. I need to celebrate that fact. Because you see:

Psalm 118:24 This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.

I serve a risen Savior, He’s in the world today;
I know that He is living, whatever men may say;
I see His hand of mercy, I hear His voice of cheer,
And just the time I need Him, He’s always near.

Folks, when we come before the Lord we ought to do it with gladness.

3-DEPENDENCE

Verse 3 of our text says, 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. (Psalm 100:3)

John 15:5 says for without me ye can do nothing.

It is good for us to realize and acknowledge our dependence on God. In this day of computer technology, super phones, and medical advancement man sometimes gets to thinking that he is running the show, but as we can see, by recent events, we are dependent on God for the very air that we breathe.

David said in Psalm 23: The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul.

We are His people and the sheep of His pasture. God guides us to the place of security, plenty and rest.
We should be thankful that we can have confidence in God's grace and care. I am dependent on God. He created even the air that I breathe. He knows every hair on my head. He knows every beat of my heart. I thank HIM for being my God that I can depend on which brings us to number 4.

4-THANKFULNESS

Psalm 100:4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.

Every prayer should begin with thanksgiving, we should be thankful, first of all, that Jesus made a way so that we can approach God.

Ephesians 2:13 But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.
Eph 2:14 For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us.

Hebrews 4:15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.
Heb 4:16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.


We can enter His courts with thanksgiving because we have His promises, His Word, to strengthen us.

2 Peter 1:3 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:
2 Pe 1:4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

5-GRATITUDE

Psalm 100:5 For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.

The Bible tells that until Jesus came to redeem us that we were in this world without any hope.

Ephesians 2:12 says, That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world.

This Thanksgiving, with all the sports events, and the stress of the season, and for some of you the excitement of black friday, my prayer is that God is thanked with joy and gladness, with thankfulness and gratitude, and with a heart dependent on Him, and that Thanksgiving will not just be a holiday on calendar but that it will become a condition of the heart.
WHO   ARE   YOU   THANKFUL   FOR?