Thursday, November 20, 2008

Thankful Thursday: Celebrating Together with Him

Psalm 100
A Thanksgiving Psalm
1-2 On your feet now—applaud God! Bring a gift of laughter,
sing yourselves into his presence.

3 Know this: God is God, and God, God.
He made us; we didn't make him.
We're his people, his well-tended sheep.

4 Enter with the password: "Thank you!"
Make yourselves at home, talking praise.
Thank him. Worship him.

5 For God is sheer beauty,
all-generous in love,
loyal always and ever.
Sometimes I just love to read contemporary translations. This week I've been reading Psalm 100 and while it is beautiful in any version of the Bible, in The Message it sounds like a contemporary praise and worship song. It's just where I was headed this Thankful Thursday.

My Thankful List is right out Psalm 100:
  1. I'm thankful that I can be active in my worship of God. I don't have to always be constrained by convention. I can laugh and clap in His presence.
  2. I'm thankful that GOD is the only God. All His words are trustworthy. He made me for His purpose and He takes care of me as I seek to know that purpose.
  3. I'm thankful that His presence is HOME. A place where I can be myself completely--no pretenses or putting on a church-y face. He loves me as I am, while He molds me into His vessel.
  4. I'm thankful that I can understand and appreciate true beauty because I can look to Him to see in Jesus the definition of beauty.
  5. I'm thankful that Jesus loves me and stands up for me when I pray as my true advocate with the Father.


Denise said...

Reading the Message is like breathing cool, crisp air...invigorating! While I never get bored reading scripture, it is exciting to read the same passage and hear it in a new "voice". God is so good!

Bonnie said...

Thank you for a wonderful post. I often struggle with the Message translation - it seems too informal to me. It's good to see another perspective and get thinking about it more. Blessings.

Melissa, Multi-Tasking Mama said...

Happy TT! I enjoyed your list (as usual) and that is one of my favorite Psalms as well!

Sherrylinn said...

I love your list! Happy Thankful Thursday, and have a blessed Thanksgiving Day.

Denise said...

I love your thankful heart sweetie.