Sermon Outline

Sermon Outline

A Happy Thanksgiving

KEY PASSAGE: Psalm 105:1-5

SUPPORTING SCRIPTURES: Genesis 1 | Psalm 66:1-2 | Psalm 81:1-3 | Psalm 95:1-2 | Psalm 98:4-6 | Psalm 100:1-5 | Matthew 11:28 | 1 John 1:9

SUMMARY

When Thanksgiving comes around, we are reminded of the Pilgrims who crossed the Atlantic Ocean in 1620 to settle in the New World.

They were an adventurous group who came to an unknown land in search of religious freedom. Despite all the hardships and losses they experienced in that difficult first year, they gathered to celebrate a Thanksgiving feast to God for all His goodness toward them. And we continue that tradition each year.

SERMON POINTS

Psalm 100 is all about thanksgiving. There is nothing negative in it because each line is about the Lord. That should be our focus for thanksgiving as well, even in difficult circumstances. Like the Pilgrims, we need a spirit of gratitude that recognizes God’s provision, goodness, and guidance in our lives.

Although we aren’t making a fresh start in a new land, if we’ve trusted Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, we have been given new life in Him. Just as the Pilgrims’ new beginning was not free from problems, heartaches, and burdens, neither is the Christian life. But when we focus on the Lord, we have many reasons to be thankful.

Psalm 100

[1] Shout joyfully to the Lord, all the earth.
[2] Serve the Lord with gladness; come before Him with joyful singing.
[3] Know that the Lord Himself is God; it is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; we are His people and the sheep of His pasture.
[4] Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him, bless His name.
[5] For the Lord is good; His lovingkindness is everlasting and His faithfulness to all generations.

The action words in this psalm show us various ways we could express our gratitude to God. We can shout joyfully, serve Him, come with joyful singing, know Him, enter His presence with praise, give thanks, and bless His name. The psalm also describes the Lord as our God, Creator, and Shepherd, who is good, loving, kind, and faithful.

These are all reasons to be grateful, but we should also consider the many ways God has been good to us personally. Each breath we take is a gift from Him. He keeps us alive and wakes us up each morning to a new day. He provides air to breathe, clothes to wear, and everything we need for life. And beyond these are our spiritual blessings that come with our life in Christ. He works in our hearts to transform our attitudes and empower us to love others. We can confidently talk to the Lord in prayer and know that He hears us, protectively watches over us, and guides our path. Every event in our lives and in this world is under His control, and He works everything according to His good and perfect will.

Yet often we forget all this and moan and groan about the situations in our lives or in the world. No matter what goes on around us or how bad everything seems, we need not fear because we live in God’s grace. Even if we go through times of sickness, heartache, or disappointment, the Lord never changes. He is always protecting, providing, and caring for us.

Expressions of Thanksgiving

Psalm 100 describes reverent, joyful, and exuberant praise and thanksgiving to God as do other psalms.

  • Psalm 66:1-2 “Shout joyfully to God, all the earth; sing the glory of His name; make His praise glorious.”
  • Psalm 81:1 “Sing for joy to God our strength: shout joyfully to the God of Jacob.”
  • Psalm 95:1-2 “O come, let us sing for joy to the Lord, let us shout joyfully to the rock of our salvation. Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving.”
  • Psalm 98:4 “Shout joyfully to the Lord, all the earth; break forth and sing for joy and sing praises.”

Reverence for God can be expressed in quiet contemplation of His character and works, but it can also be seen in exuberant praise and joyful singing. What’s important is our attitude of reverence as we acknowledge God’s attributes and deeds. There should be joy and gratitude in our hearts as we come together to be taught truths from God’s Word. Then what we have learned about the Lord should come out in praise, adoration, and worship, whether we express it in reverent silence or loud, joyful singing.

Reasons for Joyful Thanksgiving

  • The Lord is our God. “Know that the Lord Himself is God” (Ps. 100:3). Although there is an abundance of false gods, the Lord is the only true God who is the sovereign Ruler of His creation. Genesis 1 was written not only to describe all that He created but to emphasize that He is the source of everything that exists. He is also the One who has created new life in everyone who receives His Son as Savior and Lord.
  • He made us. “It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves” (v. 3). The Lord has given us life and designed each person with unique personalities, talents, abilities, and gifts. He made no mistakes so we should never compare ourselves to others.
  • “We are His people” (v. 3). Through faith in Jesus Christ we have become children of God and members of His household. We now belong to Him and are not our own.
  • We are “the sheep of His pasture” (v. 3). Our relationship with God is like that of sheep to their shepherd. As our Shepherd, the Lord protects, guides, and cares for us. We know His voice and follow Him, and if we stray, He pulls us back to Himself.
  • God is good. “For the Lord is good” (v. 5). The evidence of His goodness toward us is seen in our eternal salvation, but sometimes in the midst of our temporary trials and suffering, we forget this truth. Yet even in our trials, God is working for our good.
  • “His lovingkindness is everlasting” (v. 5). As His children and the sheep of His pasture, we live under the covering of His love and kindness. Although we may not recognize it at the time, even His discipline is an act of love as He brings us back into the fold.
  • His faithfulness continues to all generations (v. 5). Since God cannot change, His faithfulness will never cease. Therefore, we can trust Him because He is always true to His nature and does exactly what He says.

The Lord is worthy of our praise and gratitude because of His sacrificial love demonstrated at the cross, His continual goodness toward us, and His eternal faithfulness.

RESPONSE

  • What are the typical things for which you thank God? How often are His character and His works the focus of your gratitude?
  • What can you thank the Lord for in your times of difficulty or pain?

Bible

Bible

1 Oh give thanks to the LORD, call upon His name; Make known His deeds among the peoples.

2 Sing to Him, sing praises to Him; Speak of all His wonders.

3 Glory in His holy name; Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.

4 Seek the LORD and His strength; Seek His face continually.

5 Remember His wonders which He has done, His marvels and the judgments uttered by His mouth,

1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

2 The earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters.

3 Then God said, ``Let there be light"; and there was light.

4 God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness.

5 God called the light day, and the darkness He called night. And there was evening and there was morning, one day.

6 Then God said, ``Let there be an expanse in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters."

7 God made the expanse, and separated the waters which were below the expanse from the waters which were above the expanse; and it was so.

8 God called the expanse heaven. And there was evening and there was morning, a second day.

9 Then God said, ``Let the waters below the heavens be gathered into one place, and let the dry land appear"; and it was so.

10 God called the dry land earth, and the gathering of the waters He called seas; and God saw that it was good.

11 Then God said, ``Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees on the earth bearing fruit after their kind with seed in them"; and it was so.

12 The earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed after their kind, and trees bearing fruit with seed in them, after their kind; and God saw that it was good.

13 There was evening and there was morning, a third day.

14 Then God said, ``Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night, and let them be for signs and for seasons and for days and years;

15 and let them be for lights in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth"; and it was so.

16 God made the two great lights, the greater light to govern the day, and the lesser light to govern the night; He made the stars also.

17 God placed them in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth,

18 and to govern the day and the night, and to separate the light from the darkness; and God saw that it was good.

19 There was evening and there was morning, a fourth day.

20 Then God said, ``Let the waters teem with swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth in the open expanse of the heavens."

21 God created the great sea monsters and every living creature that moves, with which the waters swarmed after their kind, and every winged bird after its kind; and God saw that it was good.

22 God blessed them, saying, ``Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth."

23 There was evening and there was morning, a fifth day.

24 Then God said, ``Let the earth bring forth living creatures after their kind: cattle and creeping things and beasts of the earth after their kind"; and it was so.

25 God made the beasts of the earth after their kind, and the cattle after their kind, and everything that creeps on the ground after its kind; and God saw that it was good.

26 Then God said, ``Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth."

27 God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.

28 God blessed them; and God said to them, ``Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth."

29 Then God said, ``Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the surface of all the earth, and every tree which has fruit yielding seed; it shall be food for you;

30 and to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the sky and to every thing that moves on the earth which has life, I have given every green plant for food"; and it was so.

31 God saw all that He had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.

1 Shout joyfully to God, all the earth;

2 Sing the glory of His name; Make His praise glorious.

1 Sing for joy to God our strength; Shout joyfully to the God of Jacob.

2 Raise a song, strike the timbrel, The sweet sounding lyre with the harp.

3 Blow the trumpet at the new moon, At the full moon, on our feast day.

1 O come, let us sing for joy to the LORD, Let us shout joyfully to the rock of our salvation.

2 Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving, Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms.

4 Shout joyfully to the LORD, all the earth; Break forth and sing for joy and sing praises.

5 Sing praises to the LORD with the lyre, With the lyre and the sound of melody.

6 With trumpets and the sound of the horn Shout joyfully before the King, the LORD.

1 Shout joyfully to the LORD, all the earth.

2 Serve the LORD with gladness; Come before Him with joyful singing.

3 Know that the LORD Himself is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.

4 Enter His gates with thanksgiving And His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him, bless His name.

5 For the LORD is good; His lovingkindness is everlasting And His faithfulness to all generations.

28 Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.

9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.