The one who offers thanksgiving as his sacrifice glorifies me; to one who orders his way rightly I will show the salvation of God!” (Psalm 50:23)

There are many ways we can worship God: We can worship God through singing of his wondrous works in history and in our life. We can worship by praying to God and bringing to him our cares, concerns and confessions. We can worship by reading his Word with an end to seeking its direction for how we are to live our lives.

Would it surprise you to know that the relatively simple act of offering thanks to God is a means of worship? The Bible is clear that thanks-giving (the “giving” of thanks to God) is a way—and a primary way at that—in which we extol the glory of our heavenly Father.

Far too often, because of our polite-ness training growing up, or the manners instruction we learned from our parents, we think the giving of thanks is a mere social grace. It was to be polite and not offend other. In fact, when thanks is offered to God it is an act of worship. Why?

When a dependent creature (such as we are) offers to God thanks for what he has done for us, we are acknowledging who God is…and THAT is worship.

Any time we declare the glory of God, and we do that very thing when we say thank you to him, we worship.

This Thanks-giving, take some time around the table to Give Thanks…I mean, take time to Worship the Giver of all that we are thankful for. I recommend doing it after you have eaten and before anyone is allowed to leave the table. That way, you are even more aware of God’s goodness to you, as evidenced by the food you just enjoyed by his grace.

So then:

FIRST, go around the table and have each person read a particular verse on an attribute of God and say one thing they are thankful for. Here are some options (Ps 145:17; Ps 136:1; Rom 8:37-39; Rom 5:8; 1 Peter 5:6-7; Ps 86:15; Isa 40:28; Ps 147:5; Ps 8:3-4). Have the oldest person present read Matt 6:25-33 as the last verse read.

SECOND, go around a second time and pick one other person to say something you are thankful for about them.

THIRD, the Head of the Family, offer a prayer of thanksgiving to God.

Happy Thanksgiving!

– Eric Creekmore, Lead Pastor

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