Giving God thanks on thanksgiving often focuses on the material blessings that we enjoy from Him. We have good reason to do so. He blesses us abundantly and is worthy of our thanks and praise. But there is more—so much more, than material things.
God’s provision of material things occasioned David’s prayer in 1 Chronicles 29:10-20 when he presented his offering for the building of the temple, but his heart was filled with many more truths about God. Greater than any plunder obtained in his victories over his enemies are the perfections of Yahweh. Yahweh’s incomparable greatness and radiant glory far exceed all material things. Yahweh’s unrivalled power and might, His brilliant splendor and majesty, and His sovereign ownership and authority over all things in heaven and in the earth demonstrate that there is none like Him. He is sovereign and exalts Himself over all. Rightly so—for He is God Most High! All of the material blessings and honor in this world have come only from Him, and He rules over all. Not one solitary creature in His creation is excluded. God alone has the power to make great, and He gives strength to all. He blesses those (such as David) who are but mere visitors for a time on earth before Him, shadows without hope or expectation apart from His grace. Anything I have to give to Him has come from Him, including the heart’s inclination to give Him thanks.
As a sinner saved by grace, there are many more reasons to give thanks. The greatest of all is His saving me from my sins and an eternal lake of fire by the grace of God through the blood of the cross of Jesus Christ (Colossians 1:20). That gracious act of God in Christ to reconcile me and His people to Himself is worthy of eternal thanks and praise. I have not thanked Him enough, but I am thanking Him today, and I look forward to the time when I will bow with all the redeemed before the throne of the Lamb to praise and thank the Lamb for sinners slain.
May God fill your heart with His praise today, and may you have a blessed Thanksgiving Day!