During the months of November and December, it seems like the focus of the holiday season gets pushed aside a little bit, and we all get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the season.
Maybe a family trip back home for Thanksgiving, or having a Christmas party or two to attend, and all the hubbub of the holidays take over and we forget the importance of this time of year.
As we celebrate this time of year, let us remember the words of the Psalmist in Psalm 147. Verses 7-11 read like this, "Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving; play the lyre to our God, who covers the sky with clouds, prepares rain for the earth, and causes grass to grow on the hills. He provides the animals with their food, and the young ravens, what they cry for. He is not impressed by the strength of a horse; He does not value the power of a man.
The Lord values those who fear Him, those who their hope in His faithful love." In this Psalm, we are reminded of the providence of God in taking care of the earth, providing clouds and rain, enabling the grass to grow, and supplies the wild animals with food. He is not impressed with the strength of powerful animals, nor is there anything we can do in our own power to impress God. What impresses God is the man or woman who love Him, who allow Him to be in charge of their lives. We too often acknowledge the fear of God as meaning that we cannot be close to Him, that He does not want us to be in a close relationship with Him, but this Psalm shows that idea is misguided.
The Psalmist writes that God values that man or woman, boy or girl, who puts their hope in Him. If we don’t have a relationship with Him, then how can we put our hope in Him? God does not want us to worship Him from afar, He wants to be able to hear us sing our thanksgiving to Him! This holiday season, maybe the best way to express your thanksgiving is to ask God to be your Savior, and the best gift you can give Him is placing your faith in Him. What a great way to celebrate this holiday season! If you do not have a church home, we would love for you to join us this Sunday!