Dear Calvary Family,
It is said that the atheist has a profound dilemma on Thanksgiving Day. He may feel thankful but does not know to whom he should give thanks! As God’s people, we know the One who is worthy of thanksgiving but how do we give thanks when the world seems to be falling apart? How can we give thanks when we face debilitating illness? When our finances are a mess? When a loved one is hurting?
Psalm 100 gives us the precious truths we need to give thanks not just on Thanksgiving Day but every day, whatever our circumstances might be: We belong to the Triune God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, our Creator, and our Redeemer. The LORD is God, and it is He who not only made us but has made us His own. We know that He is good, because His love is steadfast, and His faithfulness extends to all generations.
God’s sovereignty over all creation by virtue of being the Creator; God’s redemption of His people; and God’s character of steadfast love and enduring faithfulness; these are the bedrock truths upon which we build our lives. In this world we have much trouble. We await the return of God’s Son to make all things new. We wait, however, in hope and gratitude – walking in the good works He has for us to do with the joyful assurance that God is good, His love is steadfast, and His faithfulness is inexhaustible to carry us through this life and to the world to come when we will dwell in His presence forever. No wonder Paul urges us to “give thanks in all circumstances” (1 Thess 5:18). We can do so because our joy, our praise, and our thanksgiving are not dependent on our circumstances, but on our everlasting relationship with God in Christ Jesus, our Lord. We can therefore “serve Him with gladness” all the days of our lives (Ps 100:2).
Happy Thanksgiving, Calvary!