What do I want for Christmas?
On this Palm Sunday, remembering the last days in the life of our Savior before His death on the cross, burial, and bodily resurrection; I want to grow more in love with my Lord and Savior, and to appreciate everyday as a day He has given me to celebrate Him.
And when they drew nigh unto Jerusalem, and were come to Bethphage, unto the Mount of Olives, then sent Jesus two disciples, saying unto them, Go into the village over against you, and straightway ye shall find an ass tied, and a colt with her: loose them, and bring them unto Me. And if any man say ought unto you, ye shall say, The Lord hath need of them; and straightway he will send them. All this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, Tell ye the daughter of Sion, Behold, thy King cometh unto thee, meek, and sitting upon an ass, and a colt the foal of an ass. And the disciples went, and did as Jesus commanded them, and brought the ass, and the colt, and put on them their clothes, and they set Him thereon. And a very great multitude spread their garments in the way; others cut down branches from the trees, and strawed them in the way. And the multitudes that went before, and that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna to the Son of David: Blessed is He that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest. And when He was come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, Who is this? And the multitude said, This is Jesus the prophet of Nazareth of Galilee.” Matthew 21:1-11 (KJV)
“It is a good thing to give thanks unto the LORD, and to sing praises unto Thy name, O Most High: To shew forth Thy lovingkindness in the morning, and Thy faithfulness every night, Upon an instrument of ten strings, and upon the psaltery; upon the harp with a solemn sound.” Psalm 92:1 (KJV)
Why is it good to give thanks unto the LORD? Who else should we thank? Is there any other who is worthy of daily thanksgiving? I agree that we ought to be thankful to anyone and everyone who aids us in going through life. We ought to thank our wives everyday for their love and support, and the encouragement they give us, for keeping us fed and clothed. I say fed and clothed because my wife buys most of my clothing, and groceries.
Most of all we ought to be thankful to our Creator. He is worthy of thanksgiving. It is a good thing; it is even a grand thing to give thanks to the LORD.
Thank Him for His daily mercies. Thank Him for His grace. Thank Him for the air we breathe. Thank Him that we awake every morning, and can arise to go to our work; or that we can even open our eyes. We have much to thank Him for.
“Sing praises unto” Him. He is also worthy of all our praise. Praise Him because He is God. Praise Him simply because He is God. Praise Him for His salvation. Praise Him for the work He is doing daily in your personal life; and in the world. He is you know. If you cannot see it; it may be because you do not have the eyes to see.
Praise Him for His Son Jesus. He is your Saviour. He is the Son of God, and God the Son. Praise Him, because He died for you and me. Praise Him because He was buried. Praise Him because He rose again from the grave. Praise Him because He prayed for you (John 17). He is still interceding for you and me.
Be thankful and praise the LORD because it glorifies Him, it helps you feel better, and it is a witness to those around you.