Things You Can’t Do When You’re Giving Thanks

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Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good…(Psalm 136:1)

In the Hebrew, this is written in the imperative.

Hmmm. You’re telling me this is a command?

Yup. This is a command. It’s not a suggestion. It’s not just a good idea. This is a command. “I COMMAND THEE…GIVE THANKS!” (read it in a deep thunderous voice)

Why would God command creatures he created to give thanks to Him?

Seems kinda pathetic…create a bunch of creatures and make them go around thanking you. “Thank you God”, “yeah, thanks God,” “gee, you’re awesome. Thank you God” (read it in a squeaky mousy voice)

What can this be about?

I want to suggest that God commands us to give thanks because giving thanks has more to do with making our lives better than it has to do with making God feel good.

I suggest that we are commanded to give thanks, for when we do our lives significantly improve.

You see, think about all the things you can’t do when you’re grateful. Think about all the things that are impossible to be when you are giving thanks.

When you are giving thanks:

  • It’s impossible to be angry
  • It’s impossible to be jealous
  • It’s impossible to be sad
  • It’s impossible to be critical
  • It’s impossible to be cynical
  • It’s impossible to hate
  • It’s impossible to be fearful
  • It’s impossible to fill in the blank

There are so many things that are simply impossible to do and be when you are giving thanks.

Now look at that list…wouldn’t your life be better without those things?

Wouldn’t our world be better without those things?

So who is the command for?

Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good!

E Pluribus Unum

Screen Shot 2017-02-16 at 11.27.56 AM.pngE Pluribus Unum…

Recognize it? Ever seen it?

It’s on the Great Seal of the United States. It’s on US currency.

E Pluribus Unum…

It’s been a de facto motto of the United States since her founding.

It means “One from Many.”

When the founders of our country were working on the constitution and how they thought the country should be made up, their intent was to have 13 distinct states that make up one nation. “One from Many.”

They also recognized that they were a people from many different backgrounds: British, Scottish, Welsh, German, French, etc. Even though each came from different backgrounds, they would be united as one nation.

E Pluribus Unum…

But unity doesn’t just happen. In fact, unity is elusive. So how does many become one? What is the uniting factor?

For the founders of our country, it was a dream. A dream of a nation where people can freely live out their convictions without the threat of persecution. A dream of a nation where people of different backgrounds and nationalities would come together to form a greater nation that promised freedom and the pursuit of happiness for all people. And most importantly, a dream of a nation that would find herself living under God.

Living under God…

“In God We Trust” is the official motto of the United States. I don’t think that’s an accident. It’s only God who can unite us. It’s God from whom unity comes. Everything we do as a nation, everything we are as a country is based on this fundamental understanding – “In God We Trust”.screen-shot-2017-02-16-at-11-45-54-am

Without that, unity is merely a dream. Without binding ourselves under God, unity will never be reality.

You can not like this. But you cannot change our history.

E Pluribus Unum…One from Many…is only possible when it is “In God We Trust.”