Thank HIM For Who He Is

November 28, 2014


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SCRIPTURE

But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.

~Psalms 86:15, NRSV

QUOTE

To be thankful for our blessings leaves us falling short: we need to give thanks to our Benefactor but even that is insufficient, we need to thank Him not just for what He does but for who He is.

~Yaakov

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Thanksgiving and praise go together and David was good at both because he focused on God’s attributes. In Psalms 86 he strings together a list of divine attributes: we see at least six in verse 15 alone. David begins with But You, O Lord God are”God here is not ‘elohiym [object of our worship] but El, the Strong One, the Almighty. And the Almighty is merciful, gracious, slow to anger [patient], steadfast in love and faithful [True]. When we are sorrowful, the LORD is full of compassion. When we are battling temptation, the LORD is slow to anger. When we sin, He is merciful and kind. Even if we are unfaithful to HIM, He remains faithful because He cannot deny Himself. Nothing we do or say has any influence over His attributes. I cannot influence God to be more loving or less loving. He is who He is: it is all in His name Yahweh [I AM WHO I AM]. All these attributes make Him worthy of praise and since all the attributes are good, we should be thankful.

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  • We had a very good THANKSGIVING SERVICE. We were missing a lot of regulars for one reason or another but we had two, make that three new families to join us. It was a good service.
  • We had our Thanksgiving at Hannah’s with 23 present. We had another testimony time there which is always a blessing.
  • We did get some sad news [for us] while we were there: our dear friend Mrs. Martha Newby was promoted yesterday morning [Thanksgiving]. She was an outstanding Christian lady so it was a promotion for her but I was going up today to carry her a flower. I thought I had more time. Her Celebration of Life Service will be Sunday evening at 2:30 or 3:00. They were not definite about the time yesterday.
  • Don’t forget we are showing the Billy Graham MY HOPE video Sunday morning and it is on heaven. It is good: invite your friends to come see it. Deacons meeting at 8:50, LCBS at 9:00, Worship at 10:15 and 6:00.
  • June and I had planned to go see SAVING CHRISTMAS but it is doing so poorly that they are not showing it at night at all. I really hated to hear this but I have had no success in promoting the movie. The world will be declared the winner here and that bothers me. Christians should have supported the movie. You know why we have Obama? Only 50% of evangelicals are registered to vote and of that number only half actually vote. You’d be shocked at why they don’t vote. I will tell you sometime.

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