Day 3: God In Our Past

1 Chronicles 16:8, 15, 34 NIV
Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name;
make known among the nations what he has done.

He remembers his covenant forever,
the promise he made, for a thousand generations…

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
his love endures forever.

“To give thanks to God is to remember what he has done for us. The call to thanksgiving is therefore a call to transcend the present moment as one searches for an anchor in which reality can be comprehended… how generations of the people of God understand themselves in relationship to the God who has revealed himself in their history.” [David Pao, NSBT – Thanksgiving, 60]

Ultimately, we remember because God remembers us and has made the way for us to truly live. Thanksgiving recognizes that our past has been restructured by Jesus. We’re no longer defined by a life without God; instead, thanksgiving remembers and anchors us in Christ’s salvation and healing for today. And more than private gratitude, we proclaim his name – Jesus! The good news of the gospel is meant to be shared and not contained. It’s why our personal testimonies are important. We give thanks by publicly making known God who has made himself known to us.

Prayer: Lord, thank you for your continued faithfulness. We praise you and remember your mighty salvation and healing for your people. You are good and your love endures forever! In Jesus’ name, amen.

Let’s proclaim the name of Jesus as we sing “I Speak Jesus” by Charity Gayle (click here).

– JH