We forget to say, “Thank you.”
But not Psalm 118.
Psalm 118 is widely recognized as a Psalm of Thanksgiving. In these Psalms, the psalmist’s render explosive thanksgiving to the God who has saved them. Psalm 118 begins and ends with the same thunderous words:
Give thanks to Yahweh for He is good, for His loyal love is forever! (Psalm 118:1, 29)
Some bible scholars believe that Psalm 118 was used in a liturgical setting when Israel’s king led a procession of pilgrims in a service of thanksgiving. We do know for sure that it was reserved for the grandest of Israel’s celebrations, the Feast of Tabernacles, the Passover. 118 resounded with thunderous thanksgiving for what God had done. After all, the psalmist is recording an intimate personal crisis, sometimes a national calamity, that, while still very real in the psalmist’s memory, had in fact passed. The scars are fresh, the wound is still tender, however, Yahweh has faithfully healed them all.
We all carry wounds; we’ve all been scarred, but every moment of adversity is pregnant with roars of thanksgiving. When we think of the various kinds of heartbreaks we experience in life: being abandoned, the loss of a family member, the deep disappointment we feel when our hopes and dreams don’t pan out, we remember the pain. We also remember, however, God building character, inner strength, the resolve produced by tears, and the Holy Spirit’s power giving us the courage to face the world once again. In these moments, pain gives way to thunderous praise! Our wounds may still be tender; however, Yahweh has faithfully healed them all.
As time goes on, we often forget to say thank you. But when we remember God’s faithfulness, we burst into our own Psalm of Thanksgiving. Here’s what Israel did and here’s what you and I can do so that we don’t forget to say, “Thank you.”
- Remember what God has done in your life and in your ministry, and what He’s currently doing.
- Memorialize those things at least bi-annually. Thanksgiving is a natural time, choose another.
- Tell the story. Share, in detail, with your spouse, your children, your children’s children, how God carried you through the difficult moments of life . . . how He has turned your misgivings into thanksgiving.