“O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever,” by Louis A. Dole

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“O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.” – Psalm 136:1

Readings

Isaiah 51:1-11 · Luke 18:9-22 · Psalm 136

Sermon

Many times in the Scriptures we are told to give thanks to God. This is because thanksgiving is meaningless without God, and the observance of Thanksgiving Day futile save in connection with the acknowledgment of our debts to Him.

There is no one who has not many things for which to be thankful. Gratitude is one of the virtues and is possible on all planes of life. From the lowest to the highest all can give thanks. The natural man can give thanks for blessings received. He is grateful for the good things of life. He gives thanks to God for his food and clothing and for worldly success. And this is proper. How much better it is that one should thus recognize his Heavenly Father in these things than that with indifference to their source he should partake of the material blessings of life, appropriating to his own use whatever appeals to his appetites without a thought beyond their gratification! It is good for him to give thanks for his blessings, for it leads him to look outside of himself, and to recognize and love the source of his blessings.

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