THAKSGIVIG WORSHIPBROOKE FOSS WESTCOTT, D.D., D.C.L.give thanks unto the Lord, and call ztpon His name : tell the peoplewhat things He hath done. O let your songs be of Him, and praise Him :and let your talking be of nil His wondrous works. PSALM cv. I, 2.SUCH a festival as that for which we are here mettogether is fitted to bring out some aspects of worship and life, of Christian worship and Christianlife, which we are apt to forget. The great Psalmof which we have just read the opening words willillustrate my meaning. It was probably written foruse in the Temple service, and it is, as we must allhave felt, a stirring call to entire thankfulness onthe part of God s people in acknowledgment of Hisunfailing faithfulness. Elsewhere, as in the nextPsalm, we find the history of Israel so treated asto show in dark colours the wilful and rebelliousspirit in which they misinterpreted and misused thedivine gifts, but here there is no thought but of theworks, the wonders, the judgments of the Lord,who through every vicissitude of strange yetsalutary discipline remained always mindful of Hiscovenant, and remembered His holy promise in thehouse of bondage and in the desolate wilderness.Through sorrow and joy, through want and wealth,333334 VILLAGE SERMOSthrough slavery and freedom, He trained and blesseda nation, trained and blessed them for this end, thatthey might keep His statutes and observe His laws.