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The Thanksgiving Mandate (Part 2)

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TEXT: 1 Chronicles 16:7-13

I believe it is good for us to set aside one special day out of the year just to focus on thanking and praising God for all that He has done for us. However, that one day should serve to remind us that we need to give thanks everyday of our lives.

On yesterday, we began looking at I Chronicles 16 and what I am calling the "thanksgiving mandate" that is given in God's Word. We looked at verse 8 of this passage and saw three things that God wants us to do in this matter of being thankful.

1. God wants us to be thankful for His blessings.

2. While we are remembering and being thankful for what God has done for us, God wants us to remain in communication with Him.

3. God wants us to tell others about His goodness.

As I mentioned on yesterday, this passage is actually a part of a psalm that was written by King David on the occasion of the Israelites bringing the ark of God into Jerusalem. The Bible tells us that David's purpose in writing this psalm was to "thank the Lord", and that he gave this psalm to Asaph. Asaph was a Levite, and he was one of the leaders of David's choir who also wrote twelve psalms himself that we know of. So, David probably gave this psalm to Asaph to teach it to the Levite choir so they all could sing it together.

Today, I want us to move on to verses 9 and 10 of this passage and see what else is involved in this "thanksgiving mandate".

+ Plus, listen to Andrae Crouch singing "My Tribute" and Deitrick Haddon singing "Count Your Blessings"