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The JOY of Thanksgiving

The JOY of Thanksgiving

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Published by Dhon Reyes

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Published by: Dhon Reyes on Aug 10, 2011
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The J.O.Y. of Thanksgiving (Thanksgiving Sunday Worship Celebration - December 12, 2010)
1 Chronicles 29:9-18 (NIV)
 9 The people rejoiced at the willing response of their leaders, for they had given freely andwholeheartedly to the LORD. David the king also rejoiced greatly. 10 David praised the LORD inthe presence of the whole assembly, saying,“Praise be to you, LORD,the God of our father Israel,from everlasting to everlasting.11 Yours, LORD, is the greatness and the powerand the glory and the majesty and the splendor,for everything in heaven and earth is yours.Yours, LORD, is the kingdom;you are exalted as head over all.12 Wealth and honor come from you;you are the ruler of all things.In your hands are strength and powerto exalt and give strength to all.13 Now, our God, we give you thanks,and praise your glorious name.14 “But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to give as generously as this?Everything comes from you, and we have given you only what comes from your hand. 15 Weare foreigners and strangers in your sight, as were all our ancestors. Our days on earth are like ashadow, without hope. 16 LORD our God, all this abundance that we have provided for buildingyou a temple for your Holy Name comes from your hand, and all of it belongs to you. 17 I know,my God, that you test the heart and are pleased with integrity. All these things I have givenwillingly and with honest intent. And now I have seen with joy how willingly your people whoare here have given to you. 18 LORD, the God of our fathers Abraham, Isaac and Israel, keepthese desires and thoughts in the hearts of your people forever, and keep their hearts loyal toyou.
 Wow! What a profound declaration of truth coming from the mouth of someone, who, in myopinion was one of the most - if not the most - expressive persons when we talk aboutgratitude. He never held back how he felt and did not play it reserved and dignified every timehe rendered praises and thanksgiving to God.This passage tells us of the approval of God to David's desire to build a permanent structure tobecome God’s dwelling place. Although, Yahweh specifically told David that it would beSolomon his son that will take the lead in constructing the temple, David was nonetheless veryexcited and took the initiative and led the entire Israelites in presenting thanksgiving offering.
What prompted David to be so grateful to God? How was he able to constantly express a life of thanksgiving to his Creator and great King?I would like to share at least three (3) things that I discovered in the life of of this man afterGod's own heart that enabled him to be one of the most - and in my opinion, he was the most -grateful persons who ever lived.The first thing that I discovered about David was that he had a
. He alwayslooked at things from the standpoint of God. As a shepherd boy tending his father's flocks, henever allowed any of the sheep - not even the sickly or the weak ones - to be the great tastingmeal of a hungry lion and a ferocious bear. In his moments of introspection, he understood thathow he lovingly cared for the flocks and faithfully tended them, God, as his Great Shepherdtakes care of him more and beyond compare. David had developed the habit of finding God andhow the Great Adonai thinks in everything that he would go through.Secondly, David had a
for God. No doubt that David was hailed as the greatcommander of army of Israel, and rightly so simply because for him its more than Israel as anation but its the LORD and His great name that's at stake. When he fought Goliath, his heartcry was that the uncircumcised giant should not be allowed to defile the LORD of host. Theordinances he instituted in the way praises and celebration with excellent musical instrumentsmust accompany the daily sacrifices offered in the Tabernacle. His desire to build a templemore magnanimous and magnificent than his palace was among the things that demonstratehis great passion for God.And, thirdly, he had a
. David was by no means a show off or a money-waster.Instead, he was a wise spender and an intelligent investor. When he knew that if somethingwas to be offered to or done for Yahweh, it should be the best and no less than that. When heblesses people, he would bless them generously and make people happy.
The J.O.Y. of Thanksgiving
How do we go on our own quest in finding the J.O.Y. of thanksgiving which David found forhimself? Well, aside from developing and cultivating the same spirit/attitudes which wementioned above, allow me to point the J.O.Y. which we can find in the text that we citedabove.
- In verse 9, we find that whole assembly expresses their exuberance before God.The Lord wants His people to find joy in His presence. If sin calls for repentance and mourning,His grace and mercy call us to rejoice and be glad as we respond to Him in gratitude. Jubilationis not how we feel about the blessings and the presence of God. It is an attitude that we renderGod for who He is and what He has done in our lives.
- In verses 14 and 15, David admits that he and the people of Israel were nothing butforeigners and strangers, like mere shadow and without hope. At the outset, one would think

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