Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Exclamation Mark Thankfulness!

When I think of Scripture that relate to thankfulness and the Thanksgiving holiday, the Psalms come to mind. Over and over again, David (and other authors whom God chose to pen His beautiful Word) give the utmost honor, glory, and praise to God for his everlasting provisions and promises. They do so beautifully through poetic songs.

Take, for instance, Psalm 100, noted the Psalm for giving thanks in the ESV:

"Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth! Serve the Lord with gladness! (verse 1)
Come into his presence with singing! (verse 2)
Know that the Lord, He is God! It is He who made us, and we are His; we are His people, and the sheep of His pasture. (verse 3)
Enter His gates with thanksgiving, and His courts with praise! Give thanks to Him; bless His name! (verse 4)
For the Lord is good; His steadfast love endures forever, and His faithfulness to all generations." (verse 5)

Now the journalist in me can't help but notice all of the exclamation marks. Exclamation marks were a HUGE no-no in the j-world of writing - they show opinion, and it was my job as the writer to be unbiased. The sources are the ones who have the opinions, not the news writer.

But this Psalms's writer - God's writer - in the verses above has every right to use exclamation marks! (hee hee!) Can't you just feel his enthusiasm for God? I mean, it's as if he's shouting from the rooftops that the God He serves is the Lord of all Lords, the Ultimate Provider, Our Creator - and that God deserves our exclamation marks for Him! (not just the last Thursday in November!)

So as we gather together this week, let us EXCLAIM our love for the Lord! Be an exclamation mark in the way you live, honor, and give glory to God!

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