Thanksgiving reminds us to thank the Lord for His goodness in providing for us. In an increasingly secular culture, we certainly need that reminder. Yet the wonderful hymns usually sung at this time of year can sometimes emphasize the blessings God gives while minimizing the greatness of the Giver.
Let me be clear: the traditional Thanksgiving hymns are full of rich doctrine. We must in no way despise them, or even consider them inferior. But we can enhance them by also singing hymns that specifically exalt the Lord, especially when they use His blessings as a way of glorifying Him. Today’s hymn does just that.