The Sacrifice of Thanksgiving
A light yellow “sticky” note marks a spot in my Bible. It is placed directly under Psalm 116:17 in which David, the Psalmist declares “I will offer to thee the sacrifice of Thanksgiving, and I will call upon the name of the Lord. The slip of paper is anchored there because I puzzled over the verse for months. It sat in my spirit until God sorted it out for me.
A sacrifice implies giving something that you would in all actuality prefer to keep. Because I enjoy the game of baseball, the sacrifice fly comes to mind. The batter would rather have a base hit to his credit, but in order to advance a runner already on base for the sake of the team, he instead hits a sacrifice fly which puts him out. That’s what believers are supposed to do.
The attitude of thanksgiving allows a believing child of God to constantly remember that he is but dust. Apart from grace, he would have nothing to give.
The sacrifice of thanksgiving applies when we reach out to either the dear believing church member, the backslidden, or to someone yet seeking after God.
Sometimes it is reaching out to one who does not know that he is even interested in spiritual things. We are the ones rescued from the pit of condemnation and passed into life eternal with all of the future blessing and the present provisions.
Our sacrifice of thanksgiving is the giving of time we would rather spend for ourselves. It is the giving of money we need for ourselves or families. It is the sharing of material goods regardless of how someone one else may use them. The giving of that sacrifice requires love. Love for God, love for others, love for country.
The Psalmist used strong words when he said “I will. . .” in a thought out expression of determination. Can we say the same? When our families are gathered together this summer, will you offer the sacrifice of thanksgiving?
Someone is counting on you.
“. . .be thankful unto Him and bless His name.” Psalm 100:4