Oh come, let us sing to the LORD; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation! Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise! For the LORD is a great God, and a great king above all gods. – Psalm 95:1-3

What are you thankful for?

This is clearly the cliché statement of the week, right? As you have or will gather around those you love this week, I am sure this will be topic of conversation. Thankfulness resonates with all of us, no matter your age or where life finds you; we all have reasons to be thankful. I am thankful this week especially for great friends. We have been blessed to have such good friends include our family on most major holidays, life events, and other special times in their lives. It truly has touched my family so much that even my kids use familial terms when talking about them to others. Becoming a family of families is one the most cherished aspects of the Church and such a powerful example of the presence of God in our lives. We have been so touched by the love and commitment that the body of Christ has shown us, so for that, we are so thankful!!

The Scriptures command us to come before the LORD with thankfulness and singing. He is worthy and deserving of our deepest expressions of thankfulness and worship. This kind of worship honors Him, encourages others, and is a testimony of His divine character. The above text invites us to come together into HIS presence with worship to the one true God. We have the divine opportunity to be aware of His presence, because He has revealed himself to us and invites us into His family. Our earthly families are a picture of our divine family.

We have been learning that God strongly desired to be the God of the nation of Israel. He wanted them to be His people. He has revealed His plan, purpose, protection, patience, and this Sunday we will get a clear picture of the power of His presence! Take time this week to read over Exodus 33 and come with ready hearts to find strength in God’s presence.

So, this week as you are celebrating the presence of loved ones, remember and be thankful for the presence of God Almighty!

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You are Loved!
Pastor Nate