It is so good to celebrate what the Lord has done for us. In the good times and the bad, we lift up the Lord in praise and worship, for all He has done for us. For He is so good and has delivered us from the enemy so many times. We are no longer tied down because of our addictions, but have freedom in Christ Jesus. He has seen our lowly state and has resurrected us into newness of life. We are no longer afflicted because of the things of this world, but are now arrayed in the armor of God, which protects us. Surely, the Lord, our God is our deliverer and our strong tower. We can do all things through Christ, who strengthens us. Paul said this also, while also saying, 2“my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Now unto God and our Father be glory for ever and ever.” (Philippians 4:19,20) He is the only one that can lead us to safety in this life. And if we have any needs, He is able to supply them also, for He listens to our prayers and knows who is for Him. So as David said, 1“give thanks unto the Lord, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.” (Psalm 107:1) He knew this to be true, for the Lord was with him, through his trials. Even his mercy was extended to him and his people, while delivering them from the enemy many times. Therefore, 1“they cried unto the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them out of their distresses. And he led them forth by the right way, that they might go to a city of habitation. Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!” (Psalm 107:6-8)
Every person that is free from any type of addiction or bad habit in their life ought to give God thanks and show their gratitude towards Him. For you know as much as I know that only He could eliminate the desires that are in your heart for what was evil. You may have tried many times and failed, but the day that You confessed your sins to God, and confessed that Jesus is Lord, He responded. He took your vial and wicked heart and made it brand new. So you now have brand new desires that please the Lord and no longer tear Him down. Therefore, you can resonate with David when he said, 1“they cried unto the Lord in their trouble, and he saved them out of their distresses. He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death, and brake their bands in sunder. Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!” (Psalm 107:13-15) And so again, David mentioned how those that believe in God, would also praise Him and speak about His goodness to others. So the questions is, are you grateful at all for what the Lord has done for you? If so, why not share things with others. This is a great way to witness your faith with people. I also mention this because it is Thanksgiving after all. And the best thing to be appreciative of, is what God has done for us. Sure, we can tell Him and others how grateful we are for our family, including wife and kids, our job, our home, and most importantly our salvation through Him. Because He is lighting up our lives, we have meaning. Therefore, we praise Him because of this.
Let us pray:
Oh Lord, I am so grateful for everything You have done for me, my family, my friends, and all those people that You have brought into my life over the years. Thank You also for hearing my prayers and for blessing and healing those people that were in need. Surely, the day that You came into my life, You have not left me, but have been there every day to lift up my burdens, that they may be light. I have not had to worry about my life getting to difficult, for there has always been peace and joy through Your presence. I may have been sick and had different things go south, but You have always been the person I needed to cry unto for mercy and healing. Thank You for leading me out of the darkness and for bringing me into Your light. Because You are near me, I don’t have to worry about addictions and bad habits creeping back into my life. This is because You have kept the enemy far from me, and for that I am very appreciative. My family has been doing so good over these past few years and You were the only one that could supply such happiness. Thank You so much for bringing good health to my wife and kids. I may be sick right now, but I know that You will heal me in Your own timing. I just pray that more people will think on You this day and forever. May they remember the good things You have done for them also. Thank You, Lord, for the cross. Because of Your payment for sins, I am forgiven. There is mercy because of your kindness and compassion. What a wonderful God you are. No one is like You. I love You Lord. Amen.
Let us read the Bible:
Note: Any Numbered References, found above, are listed below.
1Psalm 107 (KJV)
1 O give thanks unto the Lord, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.
2 Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy;
3 And gathered them out of the lands, from the east, and from the west, from the north, and from the south.
4 They wandered in the wilderness in a solitary way; they found no city to dwell in.
5 Hungry and thirsty, their soul fainted in them.
6 Then they cried unto the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them out of their distresses.
7 And he led them forth by the right way, that they might go to a city of habitation.
8 Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!
9 For he satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness.
10 Such as sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, being bound in affliction and iron;
11 Because they rebelled against the words of God, and contemned the counsel of the most High:
12 Therefore he brought down their heart with labour; they fell down, and there was none to help.
13 Then they cried unto the Lord in their trouble, and he saved them out of their distresses.
14 He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death, and brake their bands in sunder.
15 Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!
16 For he hath broken the gates of brass, and cut the bars of iron in sunder.
17 Fools because of their transgression, and because of their iniquities, are afflicted.
18 Their soul abhorreth all manner of meat; and they draw near unto the gates of death.
19 Then they cry unto the Lord in their trouble, and he saveth them out of their distresses.
20 He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.
21 Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!
22 And let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving, and declare his works with rejoicing.
23 They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters;
24 These see the works of the Lord, and his wonders in the deep.
25 For he commandeth, and raiseth the stormy wind, which lifteth up the waves thereof.
26 They mount up to the heaven, they go down again to the depths: their soul is melted because of trouble.
27 They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man, and are at their wit’s end.
28 Then they cry unto the Lord in their trouble, and he bringeth them out of their distresses.
29 He maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still.
30 Then are they glad because they be quiet; so he bringeth them unto their desired haven.
31 Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!
32 Let them exalt him also in the congregation of the people, and praise him in the assembly of the elders.
33 He turneth rivers into a wilderness, and the watersprings into dry ground;
34 A fruitful land into barrenness, for the wickedness of them that dwell therein.
35 He turneth the wilderness into a standing water, and dry ground into watersprings.
36 And there he maketh the hungry to dwell, that they may prepare a city for habitation;
37 And sow the fields, and plant vineyards, which may yield fruits of increase.
38 He blesseth them also, so that they are multiplied greatly; and suffereth not their cattle to decrease.
39 Again, they are minished and brought low through oppression, affliction, and sorrow.
40 He poureth contempt upon princes, and causeth them to wander in the wilderness, where there is no way.
41 Yet setteth he the poor on high from affliction, and maketh him families like a flock.
42 The righteous shall see it, and rejoice: and all iniquity shall stop her mouth.
43 Whoso is wise, and will observe these things, even they shall understand the lovingkindness of the Lord.
2Philippians 4 (KJV)
1 Therefore, my brethren dearly beloved and longed for, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, my dearly beloved.
2 I beseech Euodias, and beseech Syntyche, that they be of the same mind in the Lord.
3 And I intreat thee also, true yokefellow, help those women which laboured with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and with other my fellowlabourers, whose names are in the book of life.
4 Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.
5 Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.
6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
9 Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.
10 But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly, that now at the last your care of me hath flourished again; wherein ye were also careful, but ye lacked opportunity.
11 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.
12 I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.
13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
14 Notwithstanding ye have well done, that ye did communicate with my affliction.
15 Now ye Philippians know also, that in the beginning of the gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church communicated with me as concerning giving and receiving, but ye only.
16 For even in Thessalonica ye sent once and again unto my necessity.
17 Not because I desire a gift: but I desire fruit that may abound to your account.
18 But I have all, and abound: I am full, having received of Epaphroditus the things which were sent from you, an odour of a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable, wellpleasing to God.
19 But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
20 Now unto God and our Father be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
21 Salute every saint in Christ Jesus. The brethren which are with me greet you.
22 All the saints salute you, chiefly they that are of Caesar’s household.
23 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.