Have you ever had the chance to put the brakes on your daily routines, and stop to wonder about the awesomeness of our God? Have you ever considered giving to God rather than receiving from God? Is there something that you can offer God today simply because he is God?
The Bible and history teach us that there was a peculiar family by the name of "Korah" or the "sons of Korah" (like most peculiar families around us today :) ) that were called to serve God full time in the Sanctuary. They were chosen by God to represent him, serve him, and minister unto him with thanksgiving, praise, and shouts of joy. Many remember the "sons of Korah" for their rebellion later in the pages of history but for one simple moment, I would like to focus on the "sons of Korah" for their commitment, for their sacrifice and for the climax of their family history. For we all have a family history we don't want to remember this Thanksgiving holiday, but not all is doom but rather like most of us we can find some good pages in our family history that can brighten up our days and make us smile.
You see there is good in most people, I even believe that there is good in everyone. As I contemplate through the pages of my own life, I can stop to remember that while we are still alive there is hope for change, hope for healing, and even hope for deliverance. God never "gives up "on what he created, and as the "sons of Korah" experienced, there was a moment in history where psalms (prayerful songs) can only describe the beauty and goodness of God in their lives.
Psalms 45 describes the intimacy of their thoughts, the passionate love for their God, and their gratefulness for his unending covenant with his people. The director of music is overwhelmed with the balm of gratitude that allows him to see images of a coming Savior and King. He rejoices in this kingdom which is based on justice, peace, and joy. He embraces by faith the moral rise of a God (Jesus) who hates wickedness and is bathed in the anointing of joy. This is my God, this is your God, can you see him today?
I invite you to take this moment right now and close your eyes to think optimistically, to think about the subtle moments in life where technology, the busyness of life, and the responsibilities of paying your bills has vanished. Give Jesus your attention for one moment and give him your praise this thanksgiving holidays. Write him a psalm, write him a poem, and give him something worthwhile as you honor him at your dinner tables. He is God and he is worthy of praise!
God Bless you, as you invite Jesus to your family fellowship this thanksgiving holidays :)
1 My heart is stirred by a noble theme as I recite my verses for the king; my tongue is the pen of a skillful writer. 2 You are the most excellent of men and your lips have been anointed with grace since God has blessed you forever.
3 Gird your sword on your side, you mighty one; clothe yourself with splendor and majesty. 4 In your majesty ride forth victoriously in the cause of truth, humility, and justice; let your right hand achieve awesome deeds. 5 Let your sharp arrows pierce the hearts of the king’s enemies; let the nations fall beneath your feet.
6 Your throne, O God, will last forever and ever; a scepter of justice will be the scepter of your kingdom. 7 You love righteousness and hate wickedness; therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions by anointing you with the oil of joy.