“Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind.”
Psalm 107:8 (NIVUK)
This verse is repeated another three times in Psalm 107. It’s a refrain, a way of emphasizing the main point about thanksgiving. The psalm is all about the giving of thanks, and begins with “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.”
We have our customs and traditions about thanksgiving. We send a thank you card to someone who has been kind to us. We have thanksgiving services after harvest seasons. In the USA last night was Thanksgiving, when families and friends gather together in appreciation of how the early English settlers were helped in a time of food shortage by the native Americans.
When we thank someone we acknowledge that we were in need, and that the need was supplied from outside ourselves. We give others the credit for something we did not do and, perhaps, could not do. As the psalmist suggests, our love may fail, but God’s does not fail. It is God’s deeds, not our own, for which we are thankful. Being thankful changes us: it’s an admission that we were inadequate in some way, and an acknowledgement that we have been helped.
Let’s make the giving of thanks part of our way of life.
Say thank you every day.
Thank you, Father, for all that you have done for us, and help us to walk every day in gratitude to you and to what others have done for us. In His name.
Study by James Henderson
About the Author:
James Henderson is the National Ministry Leader for Grace Communion International in the UK and Ireland. You are welcome to attend any of our local congregations in the UK and Ireland. For details of your nearest local congregation, check on our website, www.gracecom.org.uk under the ‘Churches’ tab, or ring +44 (0)1858 437099.