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Spiritual Disciplines: Celebration & Thanksgiving Psalm 100 Spiritual Disciplines Abstinence Engagement Solitude Study Silence Worship Fasting Celebration/Thanksgiving Frugality Service Chastity Prayer Secrecy Submission Sacrifice Fellowship Celebration & Thanksgiving There is an appointed time for everything…a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance. Ecclesiastes 3:1, 4 Celebration & Thanksgiving Celebration • Chagag (Heb.) • To make a pilgrimage, feast • “…let My people go that they may celebrate a feast to Me…” (Ex. 5:1) Celebration & Thanksgiving Celebration •Examples of Biblical celebration – Feasts of Israel (Lev. 23) – David danced before the Lord (2 Sam. 6) – Wedding feast at Cana (John 2) Celebration & Thanksgiving Celebration heartily done makes our sorrows seem small, and we find in it great strength to do the will of our God because His goodness becomes so real to us. Dallas Willard The Spirit of the Disciplines Celebration & Thanksgiving Thanksgiving • Yadah (Heb.) • To acknowledge, to praise, to confess, to express gratitude • “Let them also offer sacrifices of thanksgiving, and tell of His works with joyful singing.” (Ps. 107:22) Celebration & Thanksgiving Thanksgiving • Eucharistia (Grk.) • Good grace (lit.) • Grateful expression • “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” (Phil. 4:6) Celebration & Thanksgiving Thanksgiving is intrinsically linked with praise, for when one declares God’s attributes and works, he cannot help but be thankful for these. Celebration & Thanksgiving Together these 2 terms call us to: • surface our deep acknowledgement of God’s person & provision and • passionately express our grateful response to Him Celebration & Thanksgiving The calendar of the Old Testament was highlighted by the 3 great harvests and called for 3 celebratory feasts and heartfelt expressions of thanksgiving. Celebration & Thanksgiving •Feast of Unleavened Bread (7 days) –Passover/First Fruits –Barley Harvest •Feast of Weeks (1 day) –Pentecost –Wheat Harvest •Feast of Trumpets (21 days) –Day of Atonement, Tabernacles –Fruit Harvest Psalm 100 Big Idea: God's people are invited to approach the Lord with joy in this popular psalm. We can serve Him gladly because He is the Creator, and we can worship Him thankfully because He is good and faithful. Psalm 100 Psalm 100 A Psalm for Thanksgiving. Shout joyfully to the LORD, all the earth. Serve the LORD with gladness; Come before Him with joyful singing. Know that the LORD Himself is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; We are His people and the sheep of His pasture. Enter His gates with thanksgiving, and His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him; bless His name. For the LORD is good; His lovingkindness is everlasting, and His faithfulness to all generations. Psalm 100 • Sung in the temple with the sacrifices of praise • Known as “The Jubilate” • Last of the eight Enthronement Psalms (93-100) Psalm 100 THE BIG SIX… • Yahweh is God • He is our creator • We are His people • The Lord is good • His lovingkindness is everlasting • His faithfulness endures Psalm 100 BIG IDEA… The people of God are invited to approach the Lord with joy and celebration, serve Him gladly, and worship Him thankfully. Psalm 100 Joyful Service (100:1-3) Grateful Worship (100:4-5) Psalm 100 Joyful Service (100:1-3) • “A Psalm for Thanksgiving” • 4 commands… – Shout! – Serve! – Come! – Know! Psalm 100 Joyful Service (100:4) • 3 more commands… – Enter! – Give thanks! – Bless His name! Psalm 100 Joyful Service (100:5) • Why 7 commands? He is good His lovingkindness lasts His faithfulness is for all generations Psalm 100 THE BIG SIX… • Yahweh is God • He is our creator • We are His people • The Lord is good • His lovingkindness is everlasting • His faithfulness endures Application We serve an amazing God! Let us praise Him aloud, with joy and gladness in our hearts. May we often enter into His gates and courts, to bless His name. Application Communion Thanksgiving is intrinsically linked with praise, for when one declares God’s attributes and works, he cannot help but be thankful for these.
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