BT Daily: A Thanksgiving Psalm

[Darris McNeely] This news junkie has gone
on a fast, from news, for a couple of weeks because of just other things coming into my
own life and I’ve missed a lot of news that’s been taking place. And you know what? I haven’t missed it. Impeachment scandal, accusations, debates,
politics. I haven’t missed it. It’s a rather dreary scene at times, but I’ll
get back to it because as I said, I’m a news junkie. But as I talk here today, just a few days
away from the American Thanksgiving celebration I will certainly be glad to get to Thanksgiving
and put my mind upon being thankful for the blessings of my own life, for the land in
which I live, the freedoms, the liberty, and what I do have and help to put all of the
other problems in our nation and in our world into a proper perspective. There’s a Psalm that I’ve always gone to at
this time of year, actually, since I was a little kid, I read this in a school play one
day. I guess I was meant to be a preacher from
an early age because they picked me to actually do this particular Psalm. It’s 95, Psalm 95 and it’s a Psalm of thanksgiving. It’s a call to worship. It says, “Come let us sing to the Lord, let
us shout joyfully to the rock of our salvation. Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving
and let us shout joyfully to Him with songs. For the Lord is the great God and the great
King above all gods. And in His hands are the deep places of the
earth, the heights of the hills are His. The sea is His for He made it and His hands
formed the dry land.” I didn’t quite understand all those words
when I was in elementary school reading that, but I’ve come to appreciate them and understanding
them a bit better since then. As we keep Thanksgiving a national day that
has been declared by past presidents as a day to give thanks for all that we have in
America and wherever you may be watching this, give thanks as well with us and with each
other for what you have and what God has done in your life. Because no matter what is going on in our
world with the dangers, with the problems, with the evil that continues to crop up, anchoring
our heart in a spirit of thanksgiving is always good. And anchoring our mind in the word of God
is what helps us to transcend, to rise above all of these mundane problems. And you know, sometimes we just do need to,
as I said, take a fast, a period of restraint and we just kinda turn off the news in one
sense and put our mind upon other things to get a proper perspective. This particular Psalm goes on in verse 7 and
it says, “Today if you will hear His voice.” Today, if you will hear His voice. What do you need to hear today? What do you need to hear from God to right
your life, to help get a proper balance and perspective? Find that and think about that on a day of
Thanksgiving, at a season of Thanksgiving to realign your own life. I fasted off of news, but when it comes to
Thanksgiving, I’ll chow down and I’ll enjoy the turkey and the dressing and the cranberry. But most of all, hopefully, give thanks to
God and hear His voice and what He is saying to me at that time. That’s BT Daily. Have a good Thanksgiving.

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