Thursday, November 23, 2017

Thanksgiving Psalms: Psalm 150

Happy Thanksgiving to you! Perhaps our final Thanksgiving Psalm for this season of gratitude (also the final prayer in the book of Psalms--this is the book's exuberant closing word!) would make a good prayer of praise and thanksgiving at your family's table today.

Psalm 150: Praise for God’s Surpassing Greatness

1 Praise the Lord!
Praise God in God’s sanctuary;
    praise God in God’s mighty firmament!
2 Praise God for God’s mighty deeds;
    praise God according to God’s surpassing greatness!
3 Praise God with trumpet sound;
    praise God with lute and harp!
4 Praise God with tambourine and dance;
    praise God with strings and pipe!
5 Praise God with clanging cymbals;
    praise God with loud clashing cymbals!
6 Let everything that breathes praise the Lord!

Praise the Lord!

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Thanksgiving Psalms: Psalm 145

Earlier this month, at our Intergenerational Faith Formation Meal, we talked together about thankfulness, and each household received a sort of Thanksgiving devotional book to take home, with a different Psalm of Thanksgiving to read each day from now til Thanksgiving. For those of you who were unable to attend (or who just do better receiving things digitally!) those Psalms will also be sent out via the blog daily until Thanksgiving. Just a chance for you to stop and offer a prayer of thanks from the scriptures each day, developing deeper gratitude in your own lives. Throughout this Thanksgiving week, take time after praying each Psalm to name at least three things you are thankful for. Try to name three different things each day!

Psalm 145:The Greatness and the Goodness of God
Praise. Of David.

1 I will extol you, my God and King,
    and bless your name forever and ever.
2 Every day I will bless you,
    and praise your name forever and ever.
3 Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised;
    God’s greatness is unsearchable.
4 One generation shall laud your works to another,
    and shall declare your mighty acts.
5 On the glorious splendor of your majesty,
    and on your wondrous works, I will meditate.
6 The might of your awesome deeds shall be proclaimed,
    and I will declare your greatness.
7 They shall celebrate the fame of your abundant goodness,
    and shall sing aloud of your righteousness.
8 The Lord is gracious and merciful,
    slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
9 The Lord is good to all,
    and God’s compassion is over all that God has made.
10 All your works shall give thanks to you, O Lord,
    and all your faithful shall bless you.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Thanksgiving Psalms: Psalm 138

Earlier this month, at our Intergenerational Faith Formation Meal, we talked together about thankfulness, and each household received a sort of Thanksgiving devotional book to take home, with a different Psalm of Thanksgiving to read each day from now til Thanksgiving. For those of you who were unable to attend (or who just do better receiving things digitally!) those Psalms will also be sent out via the blog daily until Thanksgiving. Just a chance for you to stop and offer a prayer of thanks from the scriptures each day, developing deeper gratitude in your own lives. Throughout this Thanksgiving week, take time after praying each Psalm to name at least three things you are thankful for. Try to name three different things each day!

Psalm 138: Thanksgiving and Praise
Of David.

1 I give you thanks, O Lord, with my whole heart;
    before the gods I sing your praise;
2 I bow down toward your holy temple
    and give thanks to your name for your steadfast love and your faithfulness;
    for you have exalted your name and your word
    above everything.
3 On the day I called, you answered me,
    you increased my strength of soul.
4 All the kings of the earth shall praise you, O Lord,
    for they have heard the words of your mouth.
5 They shall sing of the ways of the Lord,
    for great is the glory of the Lord.
6 For though the Lord is high, God regards the lowly;
    but the haughty God perceives from far away.
7 Though I walk in the midst of trouble,
    you preserve me against the wrath of my enemies;
you stretch out your hand,
    and your right hand delivers me.
8 The Lord will fulfill God’s purpose for me;
    your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever.
    Do not forsake the work of your hands.



Monday, November 20, 2017

Thanksgiving Psalms: Psalm 111

Earlier this month, at our Intergenerational Faith Formation Meal, we talked together about thankfulness, and each household received a sort of Thanksgiving devotional book to take home, with a different Psalm of Thanksgiving to read each day from now til Thanksgiving. For those of you who were unable to attend (or who just do better receiving things digitally!) those Psalms will also be sent out via the blog daily until Thanksgiving. Just a chance for you to stop and offer a prayer of thanks from the scriptures each day, developing deeper gratitude in your own lives. Throughout this Thanksgiving week, take time after praying each Psalm to name at least three things you are thankful for. Try to name three different things each day!

Psalm 111: Praise for God’s Wonderful Works
1 Praise the Lord!
I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart,
    in the company of the upright, in the congregation.
2 Great are the works of the Lord,
    studied by all who delight in them.
3 Full of honor and majesty is God’s work,
    and God’s righteousness endures forever.
4 God has gained renown by God’s wonderful deeds;
    the Lord is gracious and merciful.
5 God provides food for those who fear God;
    God is ever mindful of God’s covenant.
6 God has shown God’s people the power of God’s works,  in giving them the heritage of the nations.
7 The works of God’s hands are faithful and just;
    all God’s precepts are trustworthy.
8 They are established forever and ever,
    to be performed with faithfulness and uprightness.
9 God sent redemption to God’s people;
    God has commanded God’s covenant forever.
    Holy and awesome is God’s name.
10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom;
    all those who practice it have a good understanding.
    God’s praise endures forever.



Sunday, November 19, 2017

Thanksgiving Psalms: Psalm 107 (cont. again)

Last Sunday, at our Intergenerational Faith Formation Meal, we talked together about thankfulness, and each household received a sort of Thanksgiving devotional book to take home, with a different Psalm of Thanksgiving to read each day from now til Thanksgiving. For those of you who were unable to attend (or who just do better receiving things digitally!) those Psalms will also be sent out via the blog daily until Thanksgiving. Just a chance for you to stop and offer a prayer of thanks from the scriptures each day, developing deeper gratitude in your own lives. Today is our third and final day focusing on Psalm 107, which is an unfolding story of thankfulness told in several acts. Go back and read the Psalm's first 22 verses if you missed them!

Psalm 107: Thanksgiving for Deliverance from Many Troubles

23 Some went down to the sea in ships,
    doing business on the mighty waters;
24 they saw the deeds of the Lord, God’s wondrous works in the deep.
25 For God commanded and raised the stormy wind,
    which lifted up the waves of the sea.
26 They mounted up to heaven, they went down to the depths; their courage melted away in their calamity;
27 they reeled and staggered like drunkards,
    and were at their wits’ end.
28 Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble,
    and God brought them out from their distress;
29 God made the storm be still, and the waves of the sea were hushed.
30 Then they were glad because they had quiet,
    and God brought them to their desired haven.
31 Let them thank the Lord for God’s steadfast love,
    for God’s wonderful works to humankind.
32 Let them extol God in the congregation of the people,
    and praise God in the assembly of the elders.
33 God turns rivers into a desert,
    springs of water into thirsty ground,
34 a fruitful land into a salty waste,
    because of the wickedness of its inhabitants.
35 God turns a desert into pools of water,
    a parched land into springs of water.
36 And there God lets the hungry live, and they establish a town to live in; 37 they sow fields, and plant vineyards,

    and get a fruitful yield.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Thanksgiving Prayers: Psalm 107 (cont.)

Last Sunday, at our Intergenerational Faith Formation Meal, we talked together about thankfulness, and each household received a sort of Thanksgiving devotional book to take home, with a different Psalm of Thanksgiving to read each day from now til Thanksgiving. For those of you who were unable to attend (or who just do better receiving things digitally!) those Psalms will also be sent out via the blog daily until Thanksgiving. Just a chance for you to stop and offer a prayer of thanks from the scriptures each day, developing deeper gratitude in your own lives. Yesterday, today, and tomorrow all focus on Psalm 107, which is an unfolding story of thankfulness told in several acts. Here's the second part of the story-prayer; go back and read the first part if you missed it:

10 Some sat in darkness and in gloom,
    prisoners in misery and in irons,
11 for they had rebelled against the words of God,
    and spurned the counsel of the Most High.
12 Their hearts were bowed down with hard labor;
    they fell down, with no one to help.
13 Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble,
    and God saved them from their distress;
14 God brought them out of darkness and gloom,
    and broke their bonds asunder.
15 Let them thank the Lord for God’s steadfast love,
    for God’s wonderful works to humankind.
16 For God shatters the doors of bronze,

    and cuts in two the bars of iron.



Friday, November 17, 2017

Thanksgiving Psalms: Psalm 107

Last Sunday, at our Intergenerational Faith Formation Meal, we talked together about thankfulness, and each household received a sort of Thanksgiving devotional book to take home, with a different Psalm of Thanksgiving to read each day from now til Thanksgiving. For those of you who were unable to attend (or who just do better receiving things digitally!) those Psalms will also be sent out via the blog daily until Thanksgiving. Just a chance for you to stop and offer a prayer of thanks from the scriptures each day, developing deeper gratitude in your own lives. The next three days will all focus on Psalm 107, which is an unfolding story of thankfulness told in several acts.

Psalm 107: Thanksgiving for Deliverance from Many Troubles

1 O give thanks to the Lord, for God is good;
    for God’s steadfast love endures forever.
2 Let the redeemed of the Lord say so,
    those God redeemed from trouble
3 and gathered in from the lands,
    from the east and from the west,
    from the north and from the south.
4 Some wandered in desert wastes,
    finding no way to an inhabited town;
5 hungry and thirsty,
    their soul fainted within them.
6 Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble,
    and God delivered them from their distress;
7 God led them by a straight way,
    until they reached an inhabited town.
8 Let them thank the Lord for God’s steadfast love,
    for God’s wonderful works to humankind.
9 For God satisfies the thirsty,
    and the hungry God fills with good things.