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Thaksgiving 2019

Hebrews 13:15 – “Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to Yahweh . . .”
Today, November 28th, is Thanksgiving Day 2019. Thanksgiving was founded as a religious observance for all the
members of the community to give thanks to God for a common purpose. Common to these purposes were thanks for civil and religious liberty, for useful knowledge, and for God’s kind care and providence. Several presidents cited the Judeo- Christian tradition as a basis for giving thanks to God.

Give Thanks – Play An Instrument
Psalm 33:2 – “Give thanks to the Lord with the lyre; make melody to him with the harp of ten strings!
Psalm 147:7 – “Sing unto Yahweh with thanksgiving; sing praise upon the harp unto him.
Psalm 149:3 – “Let them praise his name with dancing, making melody to him with tambourine and lyre!”
Psalm 150:5 – “Praise Him with loud cymbals; Praise Him with resounding cymbals.
I find nothing in scripture that limits what kind of instruments can be used to praise Yahweh. Just the opposite, in fact. Here is just a small sampling of the instruments mentioned in scripture: castanet, cymbals, flute, harp, lyre, organ, pipe,reed, shofar, tambourine, timbrel, and trumpet. Give thanks to Yahweh with cymbals, and lyres, and other loud, noisyinstruments!

Give Thanks – Sing A Song Unto Yahweh
Psalm 28:7 – “The Lord is my strength and my shield; . . . and with my song I give thanks to him.
Psalm 40:3– “He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to Yahweh.
Psalm 69:30 – “I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify him with thanksgiving.
Psalm 95:2 – “Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms.”
Singing a song, or many songs, is one of the breathtaking and awesome ways to give thanks, as long as the song is not a dirge! Give thanks to Yahweh by singing songs, psalms, hymns, even with a new song!

Give Thanks – Maintain A Heart Of Gratitude
Colossians 2:6-7 – “Therefore as you have received Yeshua Ha’Mashiach, walk . . . overflowing with gratitude.
1 Thessalonians 5:18 – “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Ha’Mashiach Yeshua for you.”
Hebrews 12:28 – “Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe.”
A thankful heart filled with gratitude is a joy, delight, and blessing to Yahweh. We are to be thankful and give praise no matter what our circumstances. Maintaining a heart of gratitude is another way to give thanks to Yahweh for all he has done and continues to do.

Give Thanks – Eat Well
Most United States homes celebrate Thanksgiving Day with a meal centered around a baked or roasted turkey with
buckets of turkey gravy, although a baked or roasted ham is also popular. When turkey is the main ingredient, stuffing is a must. Other foods include mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, scalloped potatoes, corn on the cob, casseroles, peas and carrots, green beans, homemade breads, and cranberry sauce.

The meal is indubitably followed by a pumpkin pie with whipped cream topping. Brownies, cookies, salads, chips and
dips, cheesecakes, and apple pies topped with vanilla ice cream are also favorites at this meal. Eating well is another way to give thanks to Yahweh for all he hs done and continues to do.

Conclusions
Psalm 50:14 – “Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving and pay your vows to the Most High.
Scripture continuously admonishes us to Maintain An Attitude Of Gratitude, an attitude of thankfulness, an attitude of praise, and to do so with plenty of rejoicing and noise no matter what our circumstances. Thanksgiving day melds both the custom of rejoicing after a successful harvest and a solemn religious observance combining prayer and feasting.

Giving thanks to Yahweh for his blessings is right and essential – he is the only source of the blessings that one enjoys year round. Demonstrate that attitude of gratitude by offering Yahweh praise and thanksgiving, by singing a song, by playing an instrument, or by paying a vow.

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