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Written by Peter Langbroek
King David was old and it was a Thanksgiving Day. Around him stood the leaders of Israel, each of them was coming forward to put gold, silver, brass, and iron in a pile before the king. Everyone rejoiced! They were exuberant! All these treasures would become part of the temple David wished so much to build. "The people rejoiced, for they offered willingly, because with perfect heart they offered willingly to the Lord: and David the king also rejoiced with great joyÓ (I Chronicles 29:9).

David was old and weak but he saw his son Solomon, whom God had chosen, anointed as king. He knew that God would not only allow a temple to be built for Himself, but he would appoint a descendent of his to establish an everlasting kingdom. King David was filled with hope for the future. He stood before the leaders and people of Israel and blessed the Lord. He exclaimed, "Blessed be thou, LORD God of Israel our father, forever and ever" (1 Chronicles 29: 10).

King David praised God for who He is; He praised God for what He does:

Thine, O LORD is the greatness,

and the power,
and the glory,
and the victory,
and the majesty;.
for all that is in heaven and earth is thine;
thine is the kingdom, O LORD
and thou art exalted as head above all.
Both riches and honour come of thee (1 Chronicles 29:11-12a).
And thou reignest over all;
and in thine hand is power and might;
and in thine hand it is to make great,
and to give strength unto all (1 Chronicles 29:12b).

David prayed thankfully and humbly. He concluded his prayer with ÒNow, therefore, our God, we thank thee, and praise thy glorious nameÓ (1 Chronicles 29: 13).

David had a truly thankful spirit on that Thanksgiving Day. No, it wasn't the Thanksgiving Day Canadians celebrate in October and Americans in November. But on that day David taught us what it is to have a thankful spirit. Look at the verses above. David teaches us to be thankful for who God is and for what He does. He is the Creator and King of the universe. David also teaches us that a thankful spirit comes from a heart that generously gives and serves the Lord and others willingly.

Thanksgiving is more than thanking God for, say, a good harvest, a new bike, shoes, and a scooter. Thanking God and praising His glorious name means rejoicing and delighting in who God is and in the fact that He reigns. Thanking, too, is not only looking back at what God has done for us this year. It is also forward-looking. Like King David, our hope is to be in the reign of the Lord Jesus Christ Who will return to judge the world and gather His people into the everlasting kingdom of heaven. We ought to thank God that He is preparing His kingdom at this moment.

How fitting it is to eat together and give thanks to the Lord on Thanksgiving Day. King David and those gathered with him did that too, on their Thanksgiving Day. "And [they] did eat and drink before the Lord on that day with great gladnessÓ (1 Chronicles 29: 22a).

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