Giving Thanks

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by Neva Rae Fox

O sing to the Lord a new song;
sing to the Lord, all the earth.
Sing to the Lord, bless his name;
tell of his salvation from day to day.
Psalm 96

Psalm 96 is my favorite psalm. Its words are uplifting and filled with hope and praise.

The Psalms, the hymns and poems of Israel, express the breadth and depth of human experience, from sheer glee to the oppressive despair. While many of us have a great affinity for the 23rd with its lovely, comforting imagery and recognizable phrases, the 96th Psalm remains my favorite.

To me, the psalmist is providing the words and the means for us to offer pure praise, thanks and happiness to the Lord.  The words for us to discover salvation in the works of our Lord.

It is also an invitation to join with others – all others – in offering praise to God.  And what can be better than singing praises to God, in thanksgiving for all we have been given, for the salvation that is offered to us from our Maker, for the great things at are to come

Even in my moments of difficulties or problems, I take a moment and sing to the Lord.  I bless his name, and am thankful for the salvation and hope has given to me.

Be thankful for all you have been given.  Several times this day, reflect on what in your life for which you give thanks. Write them down and offer prayers to God for them. For the people on your list, email, call, or share your thanksgiving for them in your life.

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