This is harvest time.We celebrate the harvest without a full understanding of its spiritual implication. Harvest is the period when we must:
- Offer sacrifices of praise to God (Heb. 13:15-16);
- Rejoice and celebrate His goodness and mercies (Ps.118:1);
- Praise and glorify God (Ps.50:23).
Unfortunately, many people are pretending. They are not grateful to God; they fail to thank Him; and refuse to celebrate His goodness.
- They are defeated as a result of constant life demands, struggles and worries;
- They forget in the midst of busyness and pressures;
- They feel let down by God as a result of painful life blows and losses;
- They are angry because they don’t get what they want.
Listen, ingratitude towards God is a sin (Rom.1: 21). It is the foundational sin of all other sins (Rom.1: 28-32).
This morning, I shall be speaking to us about the power of a grateful heart (Col.3:15-17).
Hymn 378: It’s fitting for us to thank our King and Lord.
1st Lesson (Leviticus 23:33-44)
In the 1st lesson, God commanded the Feast of Tabernacles. It was holy and celebrated joyfully for eight (8) days at the end of the harvest. The first and last days were observed as Sabbaths (v33-34; 38-39).
One of the practices during this feast was that the Israelites lived in booths (tents which are dwellings made of branches of trees). To commemorate their wandering in the wilderness and remind them that during this time God provided for them (vv42-43).
The purpose of the feast is to show gratitude to God for all His blessings.
It is also to assure us, that God will take care of us, if we remain faithful to Him (Is. 1:19; Job 36:11).
Let me show us four ways we should appreciate God, express our gratitude and thanks to Him:
- By singing His praises when we come together to worship;
“O Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord; Let us shout joyfully to the rock of our salvation. Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise! For the Lord is a great God and a great King above all gods.” (Ps. 95:1-3).
- By walking righteously and uprightly before Him because the Lord is holy (Lev. 11:45);
- By not been anxious for anything (Phil.4:6-7);
- By giving generously and cheerfully to others (2 Corinthians 9:7– 8; Luke 6:38).
CCC Hymn 356: The Angels sing songs of praises.
2nd Lesson (Galatians 6:6-12)
In the 2nd lesson, Apostle Paul warns the Galatian disciples concerning their responsibilities towards one another in Christian services.
- Share in all good things (v6).
- Do not become wary in doing good (v9; Eph. 2:10).
- Do good to all men (v10; Titus 3:8)
As we celebrate the harvest and rejoice before the Lord this year, let us remember that God will not bless those who are not grateful and who do not bless others.
- God cannot be deceived (1 Cor. 6:9-10)
- You will only reap what you sow (Gal. 6:7-8).
- We do good because of the feeling of thanksgiving for our salvation (1 Cor. 15:10; 2 Cor. 4:15).
CCC Hymn 303: Host of Angels rejoice with the Father.
In closing, let me show us:
The Power of a Grateful Heart
- A grateful heart reminds us that ultimately God is our Provider. That all blessings and gifts are graciously given to us by His hand.
- A thankful heart takes our attention off our problems and helps us to remember the goodness of God’s many blessings.
- A heart of gratitude invites the presence of God and opens up the door for continued blessings.
- Hearts that give thanks and honor to God makes the enemy flee. The forces of darkness can’t withstand praises and thanksgiving to God.
- God loves to give good gifts to His children. He delights in our thankfulness and pours out His Spirit and favor over those who give honor and gratitude to Him (Psalm 118).
Let me announce to you that each and everyday we have so much to rejoice and be grateful to God for (Ps. 103:1-7).