One of the most beautiful Psalms of thanksgiving is the 100th Psalm, "Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Serve the Lord with gladness; come before Him with joyful songs. Know that the Lord is God. It is He who made us, & we are His; we are His people, the sheep of His pasture. Enter His gates with thanksgiving & His courts with praise; give thanks to Him & praise His name. For the Lord is good & His love endures forever; His faithfulness continues through all generations."
The 100th Psalm was written for the people of Israel. God said to them, "When you come into the promised land, & settle down in your homes, & you have plenty to eat, don't forget Me. I led you out of the wilderness & brought you into a land flowing with milk & honey." But it doesn't take very long to realize that the people of Israel needed a reminder, & it is obvious that we need it, too. Maybe God had us in mind, also, when this Psalm was written. Did you notice to whom it is addressed? The first verse says that it is addressed to "all the earth," & the last verse says that it includes "all generations." This message of thanksgiving is so deep & wide that it applies to every person in every era in every stage of life and in all circumstances.
It's sad, isn't it, that we are the only country in the world, except for Canada & the Philippines, that has a Thanksgiving Day? We wonder how our world would be changed if suddenly all nations would begin to observe Thanksgiving?
Henry Frost served for many years as a missionary to China. In his journal he wrote of a very difficult time in his life. He says, "I had received sad news from home, and deep shadows had covered my soul. I prayed BUT the darkness did not vanish. I summoned myself to endure, BUT the darkness only deepened. Then I went to an inland station and saw on the wall of the mission home these words: ’TRY THANKSGIVING.’ I did, and in a moment every shadow was gone, not to return. Yes the Psalmist was right, ’It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord." Have you been going through some difficult times? Have you prayed but they’re still there?
Have you told yourself to keep on going and it would some day disappear - but it got deeper?
Then why not try THANKSGIVING? Give thanks with a grateful heart.