Saturday, November 11, 2017

Thanksgiving Psalms: Psalm 68

Sunday night, 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. How do these ancient prayers of Thanksgiving compare to your own prayers? Which parts of these Thanksgiving prayers connect with your life?

Psalm 68: Praise and Thanksgiving
Of David. A Psalm. A Song.

4 Sing to God, sing praises to God’s name;
    lift up a song to God who rides upon the clouds—
God’s name is the Lord—
    be exultant before God.
5 Father of orphans and protector of widows
    is God in God’s holy habitation.
6 God gives the desolate a home to live in;
    God leads out the prisoners to prosperity,
    but the rebellious live in a parched land.
7 O God, when you went out before your people,
    when you marched through the wilderness,Selah
8 the earth quaked, the heavens poured down rain
    at the presence of God, the God of Sinai,
    at the presence of God, the God of Israel.
9 Rain in abundance, O God, you showered abroad;
    you restored your heritage when it languished;
10 your flock found a dwelling in it;
    in your goodness, O God, you provided for the needy.

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