Enter his Gates with Thanksgiving

Christimas is the celebration of Jesus’s birth, but there is no biblical command to observe it.  There are however feasts, songs and prayers of thanksgiving are all over the Bible.  I’m not saying there is anything wrong with Christmas; during his lifetime Jesus was an observant Jew, and every indication is that he ovserved all the Jewish festivals, including the historical ones not just the religious festivals commanded in scripture.  The arrival of “God with us” is a major turning point in all of history.  But we are commanded to praise God and give thanks.  Moses sang songs of thanksgiving, David composed them.  James reminds us that “every good gift and perfect gift is from above.”  The United States was the first country to observe a national holiday for giving thanks.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name! -Psalm 100:4

The word thanksgiving appears 9 times in the Psalms.  It appears a total of 42 times in the ESV Bible.  Click here to see them all.  If you look up variants, such as “give thanks,” you will find many more.  Whatever you read, however you celebrate, do not forget to thank God.  No matter what this year has been like, there is much to be thankful for.

3 thoughts on “Enter his Gates with Thanksgiving

  1. We don’t celebrate Thanksgiving here in Australia, but as a Christian we should do this every day – several times a day. In fact, our whole lives should be evidence of our thanksgiving to God and seen by all those with whom we come into contact.

  2. The U.S. started a national thanksgiving holiday; Canada has one on the same day we do Columbus Day. I don’t know which if any other nations celebrate thanksgiving. But you are certainly right; holiday or not, the commands of scripture are certainly clear.

    Thank you Australia for Paul Hogan, Steve Irwin and John Noble. (Too much?)

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