HAPPY THANKSGIVING TIME!!!!! Of course Thanksgiving can’t go by without us looking into God’s Word, my goodness He has saved me from a lot!!
In the temple, in the Holy of Holies, when the priest would approach the covenant, the Spirit of God would hover above it. This is a HUGE deal!!! We are looking at King David. He had plans to transport the ark of the covenant to Jerusalem, because he made a tent for it and was going to place the ark in the tent. They bring in this super important article for the nation of Israel and they place it in the tent. In celebration, King David gave everyone a portion of bread, meat, and raisin cakes while praising God for all He had done for them.
1 Chronicles 16:8-12 (which is from Psalm 105:1-5)
8Oh give thanks to the Lord, call upon His name;
Make known His deeds among the peoples.
9Sing to Him, sing praises to Him; Speak of all His wonders.
10Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the Lord be glad.
11Seek the Lord and His strength;
Seek His face continually.
12Remember His wonderful deeds which He has done,
His marvels and the judgments from His mouth,
David goes on and is worshipping before the ark; he is thankful for all that God has done for him. He has such a HEART OF THANKSGIVING!!!
1 Chronicles 17:1-2
1And it came about, when David dwelt in his house, that David said to Nathan the prophet, “Behold, I am dwelling in a house of cedar, but the ark of the covenant of the Lord is under curtains.” 2Then Nathan said to David, “Do all that is in your heart, for God is with you.”
David was in this incredibly ornate PALACE with anything at his disposal, and it convicted him that he had built a TENT for the ark of the covenant while he was living in this extravagant house of cedar!!!!! David wanted to build a temple for the ark of the covenant. God eventually stopped him and said, “No, no. I don’t want you to do it; I want your son, Solomon, to build it. But, it was good that it was in your heart.”
Here David recognized and spoke of all that God had done for him. God took him from shepherding a flock to leading the nation of Israel!!!! He took from NOTHING and gave him SOMETHING!!! David is saying that he is so thankful for what God has lavishly blessed him with, and that a tent for His dwelling is simply not good enough!! He wants to do something MORE to show honor and glory to His gracious God. He wants to make a beautiful temple to thank the Lord for everything that He has done for him. David wants to do something special for God.
You might by sitting around your Thanksgiving dinner tables later saying, “Thank you God for all that You’ve done for me.” But, I fear that we aren’t willing to go the distance that David did. We say, “Thank you for my job, family, health, friends, home, and food, but God I don’t know if I want to talk about Your name like You want me to. I don’t know if I can do that. You’ve done a lot for me, but I don’t know if I’m that thankful to work for You.”
My challenge to you is to be like David in this passage where he is giving praise to God, saying he is so thankful that he has to do MORE for the Lord!!! A tent just isn’t good enough!! I want to build Him a temple! We need some King David’s in our society. We need some people who are going to stand up and say, “You know, I am so thankful; I have such an ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE to my God. I am going to go the distance for Him. I am going to do exactly what He tells me to. I am going to obey Him. I’m gonna get my life in line. I’m gonna do that thing He has asked me to do for so long.” Our world needs some King David’s to go the EXTRA DISTANCE in showing thankfulness!!!!
If you’re thankful, go the distance for the Lord and SHOW HIM how thankful you are!!!! I love y’all!!! I am thankful for YOU!!! I’m thankful for your comments, follows, shares, and likes. I’m thankful for how you love my family. I’m thankful that you are so kind to me. I’m so thankful for how you support me. Happy Thanksgiving; enjoy your turkey and pie!!!!!!!!