Come, Ye Thankful People, Come!
By Phillip Greene
“Come, ye thankful people, come, Raise the song of harvest home! All is safely gathered in, Ere the winter storms begin; God, our Maker, doth provide For our wants to be supplied; Come to God’s own temple, come; Raise the song of harvest home!
“We ourselves are God’s own field, Fruit unto his praise to yield; Wheat and tares together sown Unto joy or sorrow grown; First the blade and then the ear, Then the full corn shall appear; Grant, O harvest Lord, that we Wholesome grain and pure may be.
“For the Lord our God shall come, And shall take the harvest home; From His field shall in that day All offenses purge away, Giving angels charge at last In the fire the tares to cast; But the fruitful ears to store In the garner evermore.
“Then, thou Church triumphant come, Raise the song of harvest home! All be safely gathered in, Free from sorrow, free from sin, There, forever purified, In God’s garner to abide; Come, ten thousand angels, come, Raise the glorious harvest home!”
With Thanksgiving this week, this hymn speaks to the heart of the Christians as it shows us where their hearts should be. It encourages Christians to open their hearts and to come thankfully to God. We must be thankful in life and must remember our place in the kingdom.
We are the product of His field and are grown in His nurture and grace. The Lord will return to take the harvest home, a harvest that will be gathered and will be taken home to be with Him.
We must help cultivate the field, we must make the field ready for harvest. We are the ones that are called to bear fruit for the Kingdom, and it is our fruit that could change the lives of others who are searching for answers in their own pursuit of the Gospel.
Raise the song of praise this Thanksgiving, lift up your praise to the one who will return to harvest the field and take home with Him those who have been grown and matured. Are you ready for the harvest? Are you ready for your great Thanksgiving homecoming?
“Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name! (Psalms 100:4 ESV)”