The story goes that a pro football team had just finished their daily practice session when a large turkey came strutting onto the field. While the players gazed in amazement, the turkey walked up to the head coach and demanded a tryout. Everyone stared in silence as the turkey caught pass after pass and ran right through the defensive line. When the turkey returned to the sidelines, the coach shouted, “You’re terrific!!! Sign up for the season, and I’ll see to it that you get a huge bonus.” “Forget the bonus,” the turkey replied, “All I want to know is, does the season go past Thanksgiving Day?”
Every fourth Thursday of November, Americans celebrate Thanksgiving, which is a national holiday. That means millions of families will gather around tables of various sizes and shapes and consume millions of pounds of turkey and fixings. In this way, Thanksgiving is a great time for food, family and fun.
Yet, let’s not quickly forget the main purpose of Thanksgiving: to give thanks to God for all his blessings in our lives. Although many people in America are struggling to make it, materially speaking, we are still far better off than half the people on our globe who live on $2 a day.
Therefore, this Thanksgiving we can thank God in at least two specific ways: 1) Giving to people who are in need, and 2) Verbally praising God. I won’t elaborate on giving since there are many great churches and charities to give to. But I encourage you to read a passage from the Holy Scriptures aloud before you chomp down. In particular, I recommend one of the Psalms. Below I have provided a Psalm I will read on Thanksgiving Day: please read it and enjoy it!
Psalm 145 (NIV)
1 I will exalt you, my God the King; I will praise your name for ever and ever.
2 Every day I will praise you and extol your name forever and ever.
3 Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; his greatness no one can fathom.
4 One generation commends your works to another; they tell of your mighty acts.
5 They speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty— and I will meditate on your wonderful works.
6 They tell of the power of your awesome works—and I will proclaim your great deeds.
7 They celebrate your abundant goodness and joyfully sing of your righteousness.
8 The Lord is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love.
9 The Lord is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made.
10 All your works praise you, Lord; your faithful people extol you.
11 They tell of the glory of your kingdom and speak of your might,
12 so that all people may know of your mighty acts and the glorious splendor of your kingdom.
13 Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures through all generations. The Lord is trustworthy in all he promises and faithful in all he does.
14 The Lord upholds all who fall and lifts up all who are bowed down.
15 The eyes of all look to you, and you give them their food at the proper time.
16 You open your hand and satisfy the desires of every living thing.
17 The Lord is righteous in all his ways and faithful in all he does.
18 The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.
19 He fulfills the desires of those who fear him; he hears their cry and saves them.
20 The Lord watches over all who love him, but all the wicked he will destroy.
21 My mouth will speak in praise of the Lord. Let every creature praise his holy name for ever and ever.