While these things, and that time, are future, there is still an application in thisPsalm for everyone here this evening. Because this Psalm is a call to Thanksgiving.The title literally reads, "A Psalm Of Shouting." It is a plea from the psalmist to thehearts of his readers to look to the Lord and to exalt His Name!Tomorrow, we carry out a tradition that is as old as America. In1621, after aterrible year in which half their number died of starvation or disease, the Pilgrimsset aside3days in December to praise the Lord for a bountiful corn harvest. Manyyears later in1789, President George Washington proclaimed November26as anational day of Thanksgiving unto the Lord. This was in response to God's grantingAmerican independence from Britain. In1863, Abraham Lincoln revived this oldtradition of rendering thanks unto the Lord, and finally in1941, the United StatesCongress decreed that the fourth Thursday in November was to be a national day oThanks giving unto the Lord God.For many, tomorrow is a day when family gathers together, eats an enormous meal,watches football on TV, and, most important of all, it is a day when they do not haveto go to work. I hope that it means more to us than that! In truth, we must never beguilty of allowing our thanks to wait until Thanksgiving to be expressed. We are tobe thankful to the Lord every day of our lives. God goes so far as to say that beingthankful to Him is His will for our lives-1Thes.5:18. Yet, I am afraid that we are avery ungrateful people! Children are ungrateful to parents, people are ungrateful toone another, and worse of all, people are ungrateful to God.Thankfully, there are portions of Scripture like the one we have read this evening inwhich we can find, not only a challenge and a call to be thankful, but also plenty of reasons why we should thank he Lord for His goodness toward us. Therefore, sincewe are on the eve of Thanksgiving Day, let's take a few minutes to look into theseverses and try and understand what they teach us about praise to the Lord andabout being thankful unto Him. As the Lord gives liberty, I am going to preach for awhile on the thought, "A Call To Thanksgiving."
1Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.
1. Barnes, “Make a joyful noise unto the Lord- See the notes atPsa_95:1.All ye lands- Margin, as in Hebrew, “all the earth.” The margin expresses thesense. The idea in the psalm is, that praise did not pertain to one nation only; that itwas not appropriate for one people merely; that it should not be confined to theHebrew people, but that there was a proper ground of praise for “all;” there wasthat in which all nations, of all languages and conditions, could unite. The ground of