Enter into His gates with thanksgiving,
And into His courts with praise.
It had been an incredible year, God had come down in Northampton in a way not seen since the days of Pentecost. It was 1735, Thanksgiving Day and Jonathan Edwards had plenty to be thankful for. His church was packed to capacity that morning, joy and anticipation were in the air. The people were thankful for all that had happened in the last year. There had been an incredible outpouring of the Spirit in 1735, many family members had found faith in Christ that year. They had been in church almost daily since the awakening had begun about twelve months before. Even though so much time had been spent on spiritual activities that year, it had been an unusually prosperous year. Their barns were full, the harvest had been abundant, yes it was an usually good time.
As Jonathan began to preach that morning, a greater sense of thanksgiving began to fill the church, his message that day was “God Amongst His People”. There was no mistake about it, God had come down in Northampton. That morning, Edwards reminded his people about the thing that they should be most thankful for, “When so great and holy a God dwells among a people, he not only is able to supply them with all good, but he himself is the sum of all good. God is theirs, and therefore they are happy, if they have nothing else. If all other things fail, the enjoyment of God is sufficient to make them completely happy. They have God for their portion, they have a sufficient portion. Such a people may well glory in their portion, and make their “boast in the Lord”. “The Lord is the portion of our inheritance and our cup: thou maintainest our lot. The lines are fallen to us in pleasant places” [Ps.16:5,6]. “Whom have we in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that we desire besides thee” [Ps73:25]
This year, we have plenty to be thankful for. We may be going through financial instability but we are still blessed beyond measure. Our cup is full, He has blessed us individually and as a nation. Today, we should heed the words from 1735, God has come down amongst us “He, Himself is the sum of all good”. We can be happy and thankful because He is our portion.