As I am sitting in the van heading to Washington D.C. with our students for our mission trip I am truly seeing the meaning behind this chapter. This is a Psalm of thanksgiving. At first thought when we say thank you it is because someone has done something nice for you or given you something. This Psalm says give thanks to the Lord “for He is good.” This is us as His creation recognizing that God is God. When we recognize fully who God is and His attributes, our response can only be complete devotion.
This entire chapter walks through all of the reasons that the people as well as individual members have for being overwhelmingly thankful to God. There is a back and forth that happens. We see what was going on in the lives of the people and how God showed up.
It would be very easy for them or any person to simply list what has been hard or difficult in their lives. We tend to dwell on the difficulties and become very prideful in the good things. We don’t recognize God’s grace in bringing us through and we think that we are the reason for our prosperity. This is a challenge that we ALL face. So today as you read this chapter, I would challenge you to read it through a second time. Then take some time today to write down things that are good in your life and give thanks to God for those things. Also write down difficulties you have experienced and praise the God who has brought you through.
By: Dakota Gragg — Student Ministry Associate