That was the title of the message I delivered yesterday morning at my home church. Taken from the first three verses of Psalm 107, my message focused on how we all have so much to be thankful for. Despite all the negativity we are bombarded with, despite all the naysayers spewing forth a constant stream of divisive rhetoric, God’s children ought to be the most grateful people on the planet.

1 Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good!
For His mercy endures forever.
Let the redeemed of the Lord say so,
Whom He has redeemed from the hand of the enemy,
And gathered out of the lands,
From the east and from the west,
From the north and from the south. Psalm 107:1-3

If you were to read all 43 verses of this Psalm, they would tell the incredible story of the people of God giving praise and thanks to the Lord for his deliverance from their many desperate and dangerous situations. Unlike many of the Old Testament historical and genealogical texts, this Psalm is as relevant for you and me as it was when it was penned.

Who among us has not found ourselves with our back against the wall, with seemingly no way out. Out of options and filled with despair, our only recourse is to turn our hearts to the Lord and ask Him to mercifully intervene on our behalf.

David was a man well acquainted with the mercies of God. Having committed adultery and then ordering the murder of Bathsheba’s husband in a shameful attempt cover up his sins, he did the only thing he could do: he fell on his face is sorrowful repentance and received mercy. When he numbered the people in defiance of God’s command not to do so, he turned his heart back to God in thankfulness and gratitude for the mercy he received from the Lord.

These experiences served not only to teach David the importance of faithful obedience, they also had another profound affect on his life. You see, David learned firsthand of the love, compassion, and mercy available to every child of God.

No wonder then that David was an exuberant worshiper. Having been spared being put to death for his many sins, David was able to say “O give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever”! When your back is against the wall and you’ve run out of options only to have God intervene on your behalf, you realize then that it’s good to be thankful, and that He is worthy to be praised!

Far too many of God’s children today are waiting on Him to do something for them before they will worship Him with a grateful heart. I think we’ve got it all wrong. What should be happening is God’s children should be worshipping Him for what He has already done for them!

How long would it take you, dear reader, to list all of the Lord’s blessings that you have enjoyed? Can I share something with you regarding these blessings? While we were wasting away in the desert of sin and disobedience, spiritually dying of hunger and thirst, God never forgot you!

The apostle Paul said it this way in Ephesians 2:

4 But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, 5 even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), 6 and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,

“But God…” I love that. When everything has fallen apart in our lives, “But God”. When we have nowhere to turn for help, “But God”. When we’ve been used and abused, rejected, and given up for dead, “But God”.

My prayer for you is that you will see God’s great love for you. I pray that you will see that you’re never too far from Him and never too broken for our Father to reach you right where you are. Reach out to Him and give thanks with a grateful heart to the God who is rich in mercy.

Be Thankful, Grateful, and Blessed this Thanksgiving season.

Ron