Traditionally Thanksgiving has been a time when people gather together with family to have a big meal and maybe just before we eat we may have each person around the table tell the family what they are thankful for. That is a good thing to do to remind us to be thankful to God for how much He has blessed us.
Sometimes we will have a thanksgiving service at the church maybe with a time of testimony and then a thanksgiving meal together… But rarely does our thanksgiving extend out beyond the walls of our home or church.
Yes we are to, “come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms.” Psalm 95:2 and, “Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.” Psalm 100:4.But we must be careful to practice the whole counsel of God.
So many times we hear “the redeemed of the Lord say so” in the church services but rarely do we “declare His glory among the heathen.”
O give thanks unto the LORD,
for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.
Let the redeemed of the LORD say so,
whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy;
And gathered them out of the lands,
from the east, and from the west, from the north, and from the south. Ps 107:1-3
The real reason for thanksgiving to God is to tell others about Him and all He has done for us and that He will do the same for them if they repent and trust the Lord Jesus Christ to save their souls from hell.
I Chronicles 16:7-9 says, “Then on that day David delivered first this psalm to thank the LORD into the hand of Asaph and his brethren.
Give thanks unto the LORD, call upon his name,
make known his deeds among the people
Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him,
talk ye of all his wondrous works.”