A Model for Giving Thanks

1 Chronicles 16:8-36
Oh give thanks to the Lord, call upon His name;
Make known His deeds among the peoples.
9 Sing to Him, sing praises to Him;
Speak of all His wonders.
10 Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the Lord be glad.

This is one big celebration. They had a wonderful meal and they had loud praise with a full orchestra. And the people were offering sacrifices, burnt offerings – sin offerings, those would be – and even peace offerings. And then on that day – verse 7 – David first assigned Asaph and his relatives to give thanks to the Lord. I guess you could say this is the prototypical thanksgiving day because God is back, His presence is there, and the people are rejoicing over that. ` John MacArthur

Who is that King? Listen to what Luke says, Luke chapter 1, verse 26. The sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city in Galilee called Nazareth to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph of the descendants of David. The virgin’s name was Mary, also a direct descendant from David. And coming in, he said to her, “Greetings, favored one, the Lord is with you.” She was very perplexed at this statement, kept pondering what kind of salutation this was. The angel said to her, “Don’t be afraid, Mary. You have found favor with God and, behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son and you’ll name Him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father, David, and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and His kingdom will have no end. And He will be called the Son of God.”

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