Tony Stewart is the new NASCAR champion!  I’m pretty excited about that.  I was hoping he would beat out Carl Edwards and he did it by winning five out of the last ten races, a pretty amazing feat.

During the post-race interview, Tony thanked his co-owners, crew chief and the entire team along with several others.  He talked of all their hard work and opportunities he had because of them.  Lots of thanks went out and lots of celebrating went on.  Though I’m sure Tony will have some private celebrations regarding the championship, this was quite public.

Public celebrations and giving of thanks are part of our lives.  We publicly celebrate graduations and weddings.  We have athletic banquets and celebration parties where many are invited to come.  This summer we publicly celebrated a mission trip to Brazil.

Many times at these events there are public thanks given to those who helped us through that part of our lives.  Moms and dads, friends, co-workers, and coaches are among those we praise.  We want people to know how others helped us, encouraged us to stick with it, and pushed us to go further.  Many times the statement is made, “Without them I wouldn’t be where I am today.”

However, that same praise can be hidden when it comes to God.  Certainly we are to praise Him in church and in our “inmost being” (Psalm 103:1).  But we are also to publicly make known to others the great works of our Lord; telling those at work, at home and on the street about what our God has done.  Psalm 105:1 says,

“Give thanks to the LORD, call on His name; make known among the nations what He has done.”

If you are truly thankful for what God has done, don’t keep that to yourself.  This Thanksgiving weekend, pass your praise for God onto your family and friends so they can praise the Lord right now and so “a future generation…a people not yet created may praise the LORD” (Psalm 102:18).

Have a very Happy Thanksgiving remembering all of the Lord’s benefits (Psalm 103:2)!