In the Book of Psalms there are 150 songs – most of which are of praise and thanksgiving to God for deliverance from disaster and suffering. Even the communal and personal laments include verses of gratitude for ultimate proof of protection and safekeeping. Sung, spoken, and written by countless voices describing their experiences over 500 years, these offerings of gratitude come out of the storms and shadows of loss into glorious light…the victory over every human ill.
In fact, the underlying premise of all the psalms is the effectiveness of prayer to God, the declaration and assurance of and trust in Her unconditional and universal goodness. This is the prayer that removes fear – the fear of separation from God’s love and goodness – and guides, guards, and governs each of us, especially in the midst of trouble.
So many times I have been freed from sorrow, fear, or despondency by the simple utterance, “Thank You, God.” Thank You for creating me inseparable and undivorced from Your love, abundance, protection, guidance, joy, and…, and…, and…! In fact, the more I keep adding the ideal qualities of the Spirit that are mine by reflection, the higher my heart soars. The trouble gets smaller until it is meaningless and powerless.
A friend sent me this link to a beautiful psalm of Thanksgiving, This Is the Day, by John Rutter. It is a “new-old” psalm in that it sings the lovely top-notes from several ancient Psalms (118, 148, 91, 121 and 27) to offer one powerful, present-day hymn of praise.
This Thanksgiving season, may you find opportunity to sing the song of gratitude, and may your heart and home be full of praise and peace.