November 12, 2017
There are probably few things that bother us as much as ingratitude. When we do something for someone or give something to another and they do not thank us, or they demonstrate ungratefulness, we are disappointed, hurt, and angry. “After all I’ve done for them” is often what we think.
Yet when we stop and consider all that God has done for us and all He has given us in Christ, are any of us ever as thankful to Him as we should be? Do we forget to thank God for what He given? Do we demonstrate ungratefulness by our sinful thoughts and actions or our murmuring and complaining? How often might God say of us, “After all I’ve done for them…”?
During this Thanksgiving season we should ask ourselves how we might grow to be as thankful and grateful to God as we should. We find the answer in Psalm 100 – A Psalm for Thanksgiving.
This will be the focus of this week's interim Bible study at the West Virginia capitol. Please pray that all who might attend our meetings or read the notes that are distributed throughout the statehouse will have a greater appreciation and value of Who God is and all that He has done for us through Christ.
Perhaps it may encourage us to know we can sing the hymn based on this psalm that the pilgrims likely sang that first Thanksgiving in 1621. (Read our Bible study for details).
The Old One Hundredth
Sung to the Tune of the Doxology
(Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow)
All people that on earth do dwell,
Sing to the Lord with cheerful voice.
Him serve with fear, His praise forth tell;
Come ye before Him and rejoice.
The Lord, ye know, is God indeed;
Without our aid He did us make;
We are His folk, He doth us feed,
And for His sheep He doth us take.
O enter then His gates with praise;
Approach with joy His courts unto;
Praise, laud, and bless His Name always,
For it is seemly so to do.
For why? the Lord our God is good;
His mercy is forever sure;
His truth at all times firmly stood,
And shall from age to age endure.
To Father, Son and Holy Ghost,
The God Whom Heaven and earth adore,
From men and from the angel host
Be praise and glory evermore.
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