"Give Thanks"

March 22, 2010

“Give Thanks”

Blessings Folk!

We arrive at the end of the song of David found in 2 Samuel/Psalm 18.

It is a Word for us today.

David had recounted what had occurred in his life and how God had moved.

His final response?

To praise the Lord.
To worship the Lord.
To give thanks unto the Lord.
He does so “among the heathen”.

2 Samuel 
47 The LORD liveth; and blessed be my rock; and exalted be the God of the rock of my salvation.
 48 It is God that avengeth me, and that bringeth down the people under me.
 49 And that bringeth me forth from mine enemies: thou also hast lifted me up on high above them that rose up against me: thou hast delivered me from the violent man.
 50 Therefore I will give thanks unto thee, O LORD, among the heathen, and I will sing praises unto thy name.
 51 He is the tower of salvation for his king: and sheweth mercy to his anointed, unto David, and to his seed for evermore.

Never forget that the Lord lives.
It is in Him that we live and breathe and have our very being.

Many professing believers forget this.
They place their trust in man.
They place their trust in government.

David knew better.
So should we.

Much of the church today sees its role as working “hand in glove” with government.
This is a grave error.
History has proved such.

Therefore, we must do what David did.

Acknowledge that the Lord lives.
He is our Rock.
He is to be exalted.

The Lord will avenge.
The Lord will bring down “the people.”

Today, give thanks to the Lord.
That which is occurring will bring glory to Him, if will allow.

As to the political issue of the day, undoubtedly the “health care reform/health insurance reform” or whatever lie of a title is used will destroy the quality of medicine that we experience. It will continue the destruction of the nation. This is not conjecture. It has been proven in multitude of countries around the world.

This is nothing new.
We are simply reaping the fruit of things that occurred in 1910, 1913, 1930’s, 1960’s, etc. (If you no not of that which I refer, study to show yourself approved)

I see good coming from this.

I see a world that will turn to the Lord for healing.
Maybe even those in the church will turn to the Lord first for healing rather than to the answer of man. (Now calm down...I’m not against medicine. I thank the Lord for that which He has revealed. But, it must be acknowledged that most turn to medicine initially without a thought of inquiring of the Lord.)

I see a world where folk understand how economics based upon the Word works.

I see folk turning to the Lord to restore them from evil.

The Lord told His people long ago what would happen if they chose to follow anyone else rather than Him.

An example.

The people demanded a king.
The Lord sent the prophet to tell them what would happen if He granted a king.
(Read the passage below if time allows)

When we turn from the Lord, we should not be surprised at what we receive.


  • trust in the Lord and rejoice in Him
  • give thanks
  • repent
  • confess
  • turn to the Lord

Pray especially for…
  • Lynsi
  • Steve


1 Samuel 8
 1 And it came to pass, when Samuel was old, that he made his sons judges over Israel.
 2 Now the name of his firstborn was Joel; and the name of his second, Abiah: they were judges in Beersheba.
 3 And his sons walked not in his ways, but turned aside after lucre, and took bribes, and perverted judgment.
 4 Then all the elders of Israel gathered themselves together, and came to Samuel unto Ramah,
 5 And said unto him, Behold, thou art old, and thy sons walk not in thy ways: now make us a king to judge us like all the nations.
 6 But the thing displeased Samuel, when they said, Give us a king to judge us. And Samuel prayed unto the LORD.
 7 And the LORD said unto Samuel, Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto thee: for they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected me, that I should not reign over them.
 8 According to all the works which they have done since the day that I brought them up out of Egypt even unto this day, wherewith they have forsaken me, and served other gods, so do they also unto thee.
 9 Now therefore hearken unto their voice: howbeit yet protest solemnly unto them, and shew them the manner of the king that shall reign over them.
 10 And Samuel told all the words of the LORD unto the people that asked of him a king.
 11 And he said, This will be the manner of the king that shall reign over you: He will take your sons, and appoint them for himself, for his chariots, and to be his horsemen; and some shall run before his chariots.
 12 And he will appoint him captains over thousands, and captains over fifties; and will set them to ear his ground, and to reap his harvest, and to make his instruments of war, and instruments of his chariots.
 13 And he will take your daughters to be confectionaries, and to be cooks, and to be bakers.
 14 And he will take your fields, and your vineyards, and your oliveyards, even the best of them, and give them to his servants.
 15 And he will take the tenth of your seed, and of your vineyards, and give to his officers, and to his servants.
 16 And he will take your menservants, and your maidservants, and your goodliest young men, and your asses, and put them to his work.
 17 He will take the tenth of your sheep: and ye shall be his servants.
 18 And ye shall cry out in that day because of your king which ye shall have chosen you; and the LORD will not hear you in that day.
 19 Nevertheless the people refused to obey the voice of Samuel; and they said, Nay; but we will have a king over us;
 20 That we also may be like all the nations; and that our king may judge us, and go out before us, and fight our battles.
 21 And Samuel heard all the words of the people, and he rehearsed them in the ears of the LORD.
 22 And the LORD said to Samuel, Hearken unto their voice, and make them a king. And Samuel said unto the men of Israel, Go ye every man unto his city.