There are so many things to thank the Lord for! His blessings truly deserve the description of “innumerable’. They cover every aspect of life - and every moment of life. They are so plentiful that we often take them for granted. But every breathe we take is a blessing from God. Every morsel of food we eat (and we eat more than just morsels!) is a gift from God. The good weather we experience, the periods of relaxation that we enjoy, the friends and families that mean so much to us – all are blessings from God. Literally everything we have ultimately comes from our gracious Lord.
And there are so many blessings that we don’t even see: the accident that was averted; the illness that did not touch us; the danger that passed over us. We are often like little children – going our way blissfully unaware of how the Lord, as our loving Father, is faithfully watching over us and keeping us safe.
But towering over all these blessings is his ultimate blessing, namely, being completely forgiven and totally accepted through Jesus. This is how the book of Hebrews puts it: “For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified. Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us: for after that he had said before, This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them; And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more. Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin. Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh;” (Hebrews 10:14-20)
Just think of it! The Lord not only forgives all our sins because of Jesus’ one sacrifice, he also forgets them. He doesn’t ask us to pay him back. He doesn’t remind us of them whenever we fail. No, as the prophet Micah said, he drowns them in the depths of the sea. They are gone!
On this Thanksgiving weekend, show God your thankfulness especially for this. Show that thankfulness by never doubting your status with him. See and say that you are worthy before him, not because of what you do, but because of what Jesus has done for you. Show that thankfulness by giving Jesus every bit of credit for God accepting you. Be thankful by being confident that you are going to live forever with Heavenly Father because of Jesus’ sacrifice and not because of any ordinances that you have done.
Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.
2 Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:
3 Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;
4 Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;
5 Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle's.
6 The Lord executeth righteousness and judgment for all that are oppressed.
7 He made known his ways unto Moses, his acts unto the children of Israel.
8 The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.
9 He will not always chide: neither will he keep his anger for ever.
10 He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.
11 For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him.
12 As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us. (Psalm 103: 1-12)