Psalm 100, A Song of Thanksgiving
Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.
Worship the Lord with gladness;
come before him with joyful songs.
- Have you seen the earth shout for joy? How?
- What are your favorite songs of joyful worship?
Know that the Lord is God.
It is he who made us, and we are his;
we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
- How does knowing the Lord is God guide your life?
- What does it mean to you to be one of God’s people?
Enter his gates with thanksgiving
and his courts with praise;
give thanks to him and praise his name.
- When do you enter God’s gates right now?
- What do you give thanks to God for?
For the Lord is good and his love endures forever;
his faithfulness continues through all generations.
- How has God been faithful to you?
- To someone older than you are?
- Someone younger?
A Gratitude Journal
I sometimes feel overwhelmed by the cares and worries of life. I worry about world hunger and animals that are on the endangered species list. I fret about our nation, my state, and my town. I wring my hands over friends in the hospital and family under stress. To break this cycle of worry, I’ve gone back to a discipline I’ve used off and on over the years. I’m sure you know about gratitude journals, but if you’re like me and have slipped out of the habit, I want to encourage you to pick it up again.
- Get a small blank book and pen.
- Put them on your bedside table.
- Every night before you turn out the light, write in it.
- Start with one item from the day.
- As you get in the habit, you’ll find your list grows longer on its own.
Happy Thanksgiving, friends. May every day be a song of thanksgiving for all of this year.