Psalm 100: Giving thanks


Psalm 100 is a Psalm of Thanksgiving.  The Psalmist shares specific ways that we give thanks: making joyful noises, singing, praise, blessing God’s name, and knowing that He is good.

Can you think of any other ways that we give thanks? Perhaps when you see a gorgeous sunset, a loved one’s smile, the feeling of waves caressing your feet as you walk on the sand. In difficult circumstances it might be the feeling of relief that washes over you when you say Jesus, the rest that comes after you pray and turn your burdens over to Him. Maybe it’s when you open the Bible and see a verse that seems to have been written just for you (it was)!

Challenge yourself to see how many times today you can identify specific things, events, or people, to give thanks to God for. How many blessings can you find? When you walk in the Spirit there are surprises and blessings around every corner- find them, savor them, and give thanks for them.

In Psalm 100 we are encouraged to know that He is God and that He made us, we did not make ourselves. “We are His people, and the sheep of His pasture” (Psalm 100:3). What a sense of belonging! Take your place in His fold.

The Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting, And His truth endures to all generations.” (Psalm 100:4-5). He is the God of yesterday, today, and tomorrow. Nothing surprises Him. He is at the end of every challenge so claim victory over your circumstance in His name. He takes our burdens from us and replaces them with rest; and He tells us to refuse to worry.

Make today a day of thanks. Think of creative ways that you can live a life of Thanksgiving. There are 111 days left until Thanksgiving. Consider jotting down a blessing a day that you notice between now and then. How about planning a way to be a blessing to someone else once a week for the next 15 weeks?

About a year and a half ago I started jotting down a few things that I was thankful for each day in my Bible or daily devotional. I love to start the day by reading the entry from a year prior and remembering those blessings. It is such a great way to see God’s constant guidance, goodness, and blessings.

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