Get Your Thanks On

A post-Thanksgiving psalm: Oh give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, for His steadfast love endures forever! Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom He has redeemed from humdrum lives and gathered in from faraway towns. Some traveled on the highways, lost and ready for pumpkin pie; hungry and thirsty, their soul fainted within them. Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and He gave them the right directions. He led them by the straight way till they reached the lights of home. Let them thank the Lord for His steadfast love, for His wondrous works to us all! For He satisfies the longing soul, and the hungry soul He fills with good things.

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The Slow Path

Congratulations! You’ve successfully entered the season for making long treks. The US Department of Transportation states that “travel to a destination 50 miles or more away increases by 54% over Thanksgiving weekend.” Obviously, there are faster and slower ways of getting where we want to go. We’re kind of obsessed with fast, and, unfortunately, that obsession leaks into how we walk with Christ.

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Systematic Gratitude

Last week we looked at Psalm 107—our focus for the month—through a redemptive lens (where is Jesus in this passage?). This week we’ll use a systematic approach. It asks, “What biblical themes thread throughout this text?” (Another way to systematically read is to look at this particular psalm in the context of the entire book of Psalms. However, since I haven’t been studying the entire book of Psalms, I’ll have an easier time using the themes concept and be more faithful to the Word by doing so.)

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Jesus Prepackaged

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays—commercialism hasn’t really warped it into something it’s not, and it’s unique among the nations. For Christians especially, November ushers in a returning to contentment, gratitude for abundance (or even just enough), and remembering the God who never fails us. But the idea of expressing thanks isn’t new by any means. It started long ago and continues with our every breath. The book of Psalms includes numerous songs of deep appreciation, the psalms of thanksgiving. I’d like to spend each Friday this month dwelling on one of these offerings to the Lord—Psalm 107.

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