"I will give thanks to the LORD because of His righteousness and will sing praise to the name of the LORD Most High."
What a wonderful holiday Thanksgiving is - a time of being with family and friends, laughing and playing games and usually eating too much!
This is also a great time of year to stop and be thankful for all of you. We are incredibly blessed by your prayers and financial support! You are an integral part of reaching Muslims throughout the world with the gospel of Jesus Christ! Thank you for partnering with us and enriching our lives in so many ways!
But most of all Thanksgiving is a time of giving thanks to the LORD for all He has done! There are so many things for which we can praise the LORD, as we could easily make a lengthy list. In fact, we all should consider making a list. What are you thankful for this year? What would YOUR list look like?
In the passage at the top of this newsletter, the psalmist focuses on one thing that we could easily overlook - the righteousness of God! That is the singular focus of the psalmist's thanksgiving.
So, like the psalmist, let's ponder the righteousness of God.
- His righteousness is perfect and pure. There is no hint of unrighteousness or sin with God!
- His righteousness relates to His holiness - it is separate, distinct and above all.
- His righteousness also relates to His justice - perfect without showing any favoritism and never deviating from what is right and true.
The righteousness of God is never more evident in the life of Jesus - God in the flesh - and in His sacrifice upon the cross. Along with His mercy, love, justice and holiness, Jesus' sacrifice was sufficient, acceptable and perfect because of His absolutely perfect righteousness!
Now let us remember something else about the righteousness of God. This is something we should never forget! When we receive Christ, this absolute righteousness of God is given to us by His grace. The moment we give our lives to Jesus in faith, we are seen by God to be "in Christ" and clothed with HIS righteousness - as if we had never sinned before! Wow!
So this Thanksgiving holiday weekend, as followers of Jesus, let us give thanks for the LORD's righteousness and give Him the praise He is due.
Like the psalmist, let us praise the LORD unashamedly and unabashedly with our brothers and sisters:
"I will give You thanks in the great assembly; among the throngs of people I will praise You!"
Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Have a very blessed weekend!
Dream so big only Jesus can make it happen!
Jay & Marsha Crenshaw
Directors Muslim Outreach MECANA/USA