Thanksgiving for His Enduring Truth (Psalm 100)

By | Dec 14, 2016

As we approach this annual Thanksgiving Day let us acknowledge all of God’s rich benefits. While, as a nation, we set aside one day a year to express our thanks we need to do it daily as is recorded in this Psalm.  The Book of Psalms has been called the keyboard of the soul. As one has said, it “contains the whole music of the heart of man, swept by the hand of his Maker.” While Psalm 100 is filled with gratitude and gladness I would like to lift the last phrase which says; “His truth endureth to all generations.”

While He lavishes manifold blessings and benefits upon all of us there are none more meaningful than His unchanging and everlasting truth, such incomprehensible truth as His incarnation, His death, and His resurrection. No one has ever been able to plumb the depths of the love of Christ who voluntarily gave His life for our salvation. Who could ever scale the heights of the mercy of God who gave His only begotten Son for His enemies as noted in Romans 5: 10, “When we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of His Son.” He not only provided for our reconciliation but also our restoration. Following His death, resurrection, and ascension back to the Father’s right hand He has sent the promised Holy Spirit to indwell and empower us to live “holy and righteous before Him all the days of our life.” This is “His truth that endureth to ALL generations.”

In this day when we are trying to make everything acceptable to contemporary thought we need to be reminded that His truth is always contemporary and relevant to ‘every generation.’ Many are being led astray by those teaching that the doctrine of holiness is “old stuff’ and our people want something new. Let us not fail to remember that there are hundreds of people sitting under our ministry to whom this truth is just as new now, as it was to us at one time. They need the enlightenment of this enduring and eternal truth. It has been said that when the ministry of a church is silent on any particular doctrine for a generation, that doctrine, in a very large measure, will be lost to the church. Let us be faithful proponents to this enduring truth..

On a personal note, I have, for many decades, been thankful for the first time that I was introduced to the Church of the Nazarene specifically and the Holiness movement in general. The pastor was faithful to preach the doctrine of holiness. He showed me by scripture and experience that following my conversion there was an advanced state of grace. It was second and subsequent to regeneration. I soon realized that it was not optional or merely inspirational, but essential to God’s plan of salvation for my life. In fact I discovered it was primarily to perpetuate this doctrine that the Church of the Nazarene owes its origin. We must not lose sight of the objective which brought the Church of the Nazarene into existence.

The Word reveals that the experience of entire sanctification is as much a part of God’s plan and provision for salvation as repentance, regeneration, forgiveness, conversion, adoption or any other vital aspect of His plan. God designed it (Eph. 1:4); He provided it (Heb. 13:12); He has chosen us to salvation by it (II Thess. 2:13); He has called us to it (I Thess. 4:7, 8), and He has commanded us to be holy (I Peter 1: 15, 16). It is necessary for fellowship with God both here and hereafter.

Not only this Thanksgiving Day but every day is a time to be thankful “for the Lord is good; and His mercy is everlasting; and His truth endureth to all generations.”  When one begins to innumerate and count the manifold blessings and benefits of God he longs to “serve the Lord with gladness; and come before His presence with singing.” I’m so thankful that His truth is not temporary nor generational but it is eternal and for ‘ALL’ generations.

Because love has been lavished so upon me, Lord,
A wealth I know that was not meant for me to hoard,
I shall give love to those in need—Shall show that love
by word and deed: Thus shall my thanks be thanks indeed.
-Grace Noll Crowell

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