Praise the Lord! Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever! Who can utter the mighty deeds of the Lord, or declare all his praise? Blessed are they who observe justice, who do righteousness at all times!
The Bible repeats certain phrases over and over in multiple locations so that we are certain to observe the theme. One phrase repeated is found in Psalm 106-- "give thanks to the Lord, for he is good...." This week of thanksgiving many people will gather around a table with food and extended family and practice a tradition where everyone answers the question: "What are you thankful for this year?"
The Psalmist records this phrase and links to the greater reason for thankfulness. We must not miss this so that Christian faith can endure and not be overly linked to American culture. According to the Psalmist, the motivation behind our thankfulness is NOT because we have good health or a great job or a good marriage with kids we love. Those are all okay and good but what if your health is bad because you discovered a growth and you're facing chemo and surgery. Can you still be thankful? What if your job is driving you crazy and you read the help wanted ads every week praying for a new opportunity which will pay you equally so you can get out of that location? Can you still be thankful? What if your marriage failed or your kids are a mess or your family is fractured, etc. etc. etc? What fuels your thankfulness.
The Psalmist teaches us that God's goodness and His faithfulness are the fuel for our thankfulness. We give thanks to THE LORD because HE is good and HIS love endures. This kind of soul orientation is not linked to circumstances and can stand the test of time. It also serves as a declaration to those who are too connected to circumstance and provides hope when their life events are discouraging.
So, this thanksgiving make sure that you orient your heart to the goodness and love of God made clear in Christ, and give voice to that reality pointing others to this timeless truth. In this way, you will help teach the people in your church and around you how to experience abundant life filled with hope and purpose.
May Christ be exalted in our homes and around our tables this year!
Ken Nabi, Regional President
Ken Nabi has served as the Regional President for Converge Great Lakes since 2016. He earned a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and worked as a Marriage and Family Therapist before enjoying 21 years as a pastor at Community Church of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. Ken is a strategic leader focusing on movements and reproducible systems. Community Church of Fond du Lac planted five churches during his tenure, and those churches helped plant seven more churches.