by: Denise Robinson
Today's psalmist gives thanks to God for God's faithfulness to Israel. He calls upon the people to remember what the Lord has done for them, going all the way back to Abraham. The psalmist wrote these words over 1,000 years before the birth of Jesus. Just think how much more reason we have to give thanks to God.
O give thanks to the Lord, call on his name, make known his deeds among the peoples. Sing to him, sing praises to him; tell of all his wonderful works. Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice. Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually. Remember the wonderful works he has done, his miracles, and the judgments he has uttered .. He is the Lord our God; his judgments are in all the earth. He is mindful of his covenant forever, of the word that he commanded, for a thousand generations, the covenant that he made with Abraham .. [The psalmist now summarizes Israel's history from Isaac to Jacob to Joseph to Moses to the Exodus] .. Then he brought Israel out with silver and gold, and there was no one among their tribes who stumbled. Egypt was glad when they departed, for dread of them had fallen upon it. He spread a cloud for a covering, and fire to give light by night .. and gave them food from heaven in abundance. He opened the rock, and water gushed out; it flowed through the desert like a river. For he remembered his holy promise, and Abraham, his servant. So he brought his people out with joy, his chosen ones with singing. He gave them the lands of the nations, and they took possession of the wealth of the peoples, that they might keep his statutes and observe his laws. Praise the Lord! (Ps. 105)
If you were writing your history, what would you give thanks to God for? Before taking time today to pray, write out just a few of them. Then incorporate them into the following prayer.
Prayer: God, thank you for your faithfulness to us, faithfulness we do not deserve. We let you down time and time again, and yet you love us anyway. Just as you were faithful to the Israelite people throughout history despite their failings, so you forgive us. Thank you for the incredible gift of your Son, Jesus, who came and died so that we might be reconciled with you. I thank you especially for the ways in which you have remembered me and been faithful to me. (now insert from your list and give specific thanks to God for what God has done for you). Amen.