What shall I render to the LORD for all his benefits to me?
I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the LORD
I will offer to you the sacrifice of thanksgiving and call on the name of the LORD. – Psalm 116:12-13,17
It’s Thanksgiving weekend. You may be wondering, “What have I to be thankful for today? This year? In general? In this exact moment of blustering (insert emotion or circumstance)?”
When the psalmist ponders what to offer God for all His goodness and grace, he determines to lift up the cup of salvation, call on the name of the Lord, and offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving. I’d like to propose the imitation of such a posture before the Lord—this holiday weekend and beyond.
By taking up the cup of salvation, we drink of God’s grace and witness His mercies which are new every morning for us. Here in this new life received by faith, we are called to heart attitudes that overflow from confident assurance of God’s mercies and faithfulness according to His word. In particular, rejoicing, fervent prayer, and thanksgiving.
Often, truly, these attitudes are a sacrifice.
It’s not easy to rejoice when we feel like grumbling.
It’s challenging to pause mid-chaos and boldly enter the throne room of grace through prayer.
It’s hard to be thankful when filled with worry or bitterness or regret.
In Psalm 51:16-17 we hear that God does not delight in burnt offerings, but the sacrifice of a contrite spirit He will not deny. Our open ears and willing hearts are the sacrifices that please God. Kneeling in surrender. Loving God with all our hearts, minds, souls, and strength…
(Read more about having ears to hear HERE and some practical considerations for loving God as per the greatest commandments HERE.)
With this in mind, let’s offer to God a prayer of thanksgiving. According to His Word. Delighting in the God of our salvation. Sacrificing the flesh in us that has been freed from the dominion of sin, and choosing gratitude and reverence toward our Holy, Awesome God.
May this offering of prayer be blessed for all who call upon the Name of the Lord…
A Thanksgiving Prayer
Thank you for being rich in mercy! Because of the great love with which you loved us, even when I was dead in my trespasses, you made me alive together with Christ—by grace I have been saved— and raised me up with him and seated me with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages you might show the immeasurable riches of your grace in kindness toward me in Christ Jesus.
For by grace I have been saved through faith. And this is not my own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.
For I am your workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which you, Oh God, prepared beforehand, that I should walk in them.
– Ephesians 2:4-10
The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance. I bless you LORD, for you give me counsel; in the night also my heart instructs me. I have set you, LORD, always before me; because you are at my right hand, I shall not be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad, and my whole being rejoices; my flesh also dwells secure. For you will not abandon my soul to Sheol, or let your Holy One see corruption. You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
– Psalm 16:6-11
Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.
– Psalm 51:10
You gave me a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.
– 2 Timothy 1:7
Oh that my ways may be steadfast in keeping your statutes! Then I shall not be put to shame, having my eyes fixed on all your commandments.
– Psalm 119:5-6
Gracious are you LORD, and righteous; you, My God are merciful. You, Oh LORD preserve the simple; when I was brought low, you saved me.
Return, O my soul, to your rest; for the LORD has dealt bountifully with you. For My God has delivered my soul from death, my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling;
I will walk before the LORD in the land of the living. I believed, even when I spoke: “I am greatly afflicted.”
– Psalm 116:5-10
Lord, your steadfast love never ceases; your mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
You are my portion, therefore I will hope in you. You, Oh LORD are good to those who wait for you, to the soul who seeks you.
It is good for me to wait quietly for your salvation, Oh LORD.
– Lamentations 3:22-26
Yes, blessed are you Oh God, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to your great mercy, you have caused me to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for me, By your power I am being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
In this I rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, I have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of my faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
Though I have not seen him, I love him. Though I do not now see him, I believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of my faith, the salvation of my soul.
– 1 Peter 1:3-9
You, Oh LORD are my shepherd; I shall not want.
You make me lie down in green pastures. You lead me beside still waters.
You restore my soul. You lead me in paths of righteousness for your name’s sake.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD forever.
– Psalm 23
I thank you, Father, that all the promises in your Word find their Yes in Christ Jesus. Therefore, through Jesus that I can utter my Amen to you, for his glory.
– 2 Corinthians 1:20
In the mighty, precious name of Jesus, Amen.
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