The Lord reigns, let the earth be glad; let the distant shores rejoice. Clouds and thick darkness surround him; righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne.
Psalm 97:1-2 NIV
The Righteous Give Thanks
Long before Canada celebrated Thanksgiving, the native people of America held festivals and ceremonies to celebrate the completion and bounty of harvest way before European settlers and explorers arrived in what is known as Canada today. Early European Thanksgivings took place in order to give thanks for some special fortune. One example of this is the ceremony that Martin Frobisher held in 1578, after he survived an extensive journey in an aim to find a passage to Asia from Europe.
Followers of Jesus ought to be the most thankful people on the planet. We have received the gift of eternal life, bought at a great price – the death of our Saviour on a Roman cross. We know what we once were, and we know what we are now. Jesus has made a huge difference in our lives here and has changed our destination in eternity. No wonder we praise Him and lift up His name in worship. King David did so in Psalm 97:1-2: “The Lord reigns, let the earth be glad; let the distant shores rejoice. Clouds and thick darkness surround him; righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne.” This is a message that our world needs to hear, now more than ever. Things on our planet seem out of control these days and many are fearful. We come with a message of hope – the Creator has everything under control – he reigns with justice and righteousness. He sees all that is happening, and even now he reigns over the affairs of men and women. He is in control. He brings peace to all who put their trust in Him. The Lord reigns – be glad.
These have been words from the heart.