In this week leading up to Thanksgiving, we will be spending our time together reflecting on some Bible passages that reverberate with praise. It has been hard to narrow them down for this year to fit within a week, but each day from now till Thanksgiving, we’ll share a prayer or psalm that declares thanks to our magnificent God. I hope that these will be a comfort and blessing to you. Sometimes holidays have a tendency to marginalize people, and I think that’s certainly the case with Thanksgiving. It’s especially hard for people going through a stage of loss to feel included in Thanksgiving celebrations of food, family, and home when one doesn’t have those things. While it is certainly right to be thankful for the material blessings we enjoy, they are not the ultimate source of Thanksgiving. That is found in the God who provides for us and daily blesses us with the riches of His goodness. I hope these verses speak into your heart to remind you how much you are loved and give you reason to rejoice, no matter where you may find yourself today.
I will extol the Lord at all times;
his praise will always be on my lips.
2 I will glory in the Lord;
let the afflicted hear and rejoice.
3 Glorify the Lord with me;
let us exalt his name together.
4 I sought the Lord, and he answered me;
he delivered me from all my fears.
5 Those who look to him are radiant;
their faces are never covered with shame.
6 This poor man called, and the Lord heard him;
he saved him out of all his troubles.
7 The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him,
and he delivers them.
8 Taste and see that the Lord is good;
blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.
9 Fear the Lord, you his holy people,
for those who fear him lack nothing.
10 The lions may grow weak and hungry,
but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing
Blessings to you,