A Thanksgiving Psalm

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I would like to share with you a favorite Psalm of Thanksgiving, Psalm 103:1-5.
“Praise the Lord, O my Lord; All my inmost being praising His Holy name; Praise the Lord O my soul and forget his benefits who forgives all our sins and heals all our desires, who redeems your life from the pits and crowns us with love and compassion, who satisfies our desires with good things so that our youth is renewed to life, like the eagles.”
The theme of this Psalm is God’s great love for us.
David stands up to praise the Lord. He asks himself what’s wrong with himself. Why is he so slow to be thankful. All of us can identify with this. Let’s look at what a thankful heart can do for you.
In Philippians 4:6-7, Paul tells us to turn our worries into prayers. Do you want to worry less, then pray more. A thankful heart can make you a positive, praying person. A thankful heart can make you content.
Look how David starts to count his blessings. He asks forgiveness of his sins, healing of his desires, redeeming our lives from destruction, rescuing us from danger and crowns us with loving kindness and gives us righteousness and justice.
Jesus paid for it all on the old rugged cross. No matter how difficult your life becomes, you can and should always count your blessings.
Just say, “thank you Lord. Thank you Lord. Thank you Lord.”
A song by Roy Acuff sums it all up: “Thank God for all the mountains and the seas, Thank God for giving life to you and me, Wherever you may be, thank God. There’s a road that is straight and narrow that the saints have traveled on, paved with all the tribulations of the martyrs into Heaven gone. If you are grateful for this victory and for showing us the way, wherever you may be, thank God.”
Charles G. Smythers
Retired United Methodist pastor