“Give thanks to the Lord, call on his name; make known among the nations what he has done.
Sing to him, sing praise to him; tell of all his wonderful acts.
Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.
Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always.” Psalm 105:1-4
“Halleluyah! (Praise the Lord)
Give thanks to the Lord for his is good; his love endures forever.
Save us, O Lord our God, and gather us from the nations, that we may give thanks to your holy name and glory in your praise.” Psalm 106:1, 47
“Give thanks.” These words struck me in a fresh way this morning, and the Psalms once again led me in the path of thanksgiving. Give thanks to God. Give thanks because he has done wonders. Give thanks because God is good…and holy…and strong.
Psalms 105 and 106 teach us to give thanks and to tell the story of God’s wonders worked in our lives. When you look deeper into these psalms, you realize that they go back to King David and his dedication of the ark before the tabernacle in Jerusalem. In 1 Chronicles 16, the details are given and then a psalm of thanks is recorded. Elements of this early psalm have been worked into three separate psalms: 96, 105 and 106.
When we give thanks to God, we are doing what is natural, what is ancient and ultimately what is true. Today, take some time to read and pray the words of the thanksgiving psalm and give thanks to God for who he is, what he has done and what he is doing now.