The Sacrifice of Thanksgiving
It is once again that time of the year where we gather together to give thanks and to celebrate what the Lord has seen us through in 2020. Please read Psalm 50 as we offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving. How do we offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving with all that has taken place in our lives this year. The Psalms is very clear that we must start by focusing our attention on the Mighty One, God the LORD. Here in the beginning of this Psalm we have the three names of God given in an opening verse. The only other place where this occurs is in Joshua 22:22a “The MIghty One, God, the LORD!” The Hebrew names for God appear, El, Elohim,and Yahweh. Each of these names describe who God is. God who is many in one, or the self existing one has spoken and has summoned the earth and has made himself known. God is seeking to gather his faithful ones to himself so that he can his people. The Lord God of heaven reveals that those who belong to him have entered into a relationship through a covenant that he initiated. It was God in the garden of Eden that initiated the covenant with Adam, Noah, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob! It is the Lord God who initiated the covenant of salvation through Jesus Christ. It is clear in Scripture that God the Father has given people who are to be saved to Jesus Christ. (John 6:35-40) Those who come to Jesus in saving faith he will never cast out! The Lord God of Israel loves us enough to rebuke us when we need rebuking. He rebukes us when we no longer worship him is Spirit and in truth. He does this with Israel in verses (7-13) At the end of his rebuke he instructs how to offer a sacrifice that is acceptable to him. When we offer the sacrifice of thanksgiving from the heart he is pleased to accept our worship! He instructs to offer to him the sacrifices of thanksgiving and to perform our vows that we made to him. When we do he gives us a promise that I have found to be true in my life and you may find it true in your life as well. When I am in trouble he instructs me to call upon him and he will deliver me and I shall glorify his name. (15) Yahweh saves us when we cry out to him for help. Yahweh Saves is where we get the Hebrew name Joshua from. We translate Joshua’s name into Greek and we get the name Jesus. The angel told Mary to name him Jesus for he shall save his people from their sins. We have a sin problem that we need to be saved from. The reason why we need to be saved from our sin by Jesus Christ is because we are not able to do so ourselves. No amount of good works can save us or keep us saved. We have to completely trust in him and his finished work on the cross. When we come to the place where we are truly thankful for salvation so full and free then we can offer to the MIghty One, God the LORD, a sacrifice of thanksgiving from the heart. What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving season?